Emoni is a senior in high school and is struggling to find her place in the world, in addition to being a single mother and raising her daughter with the help of her abuela and making as much delicious food as she can. Acevedo’s filled this book with fire, love, and spices. She also was a master at capturing what it means to be stuck in between being an American, Black, and being Puerto Rican as well as being simultaneously accepted and rejected by both groups of people. As well as the importance of family and your dreams. Brightness and warmth color every page.

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