Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.
Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
This book covers a lot of serious topics such as
- Teen pregnancy
- Unstable parenting
- Talk of custody of a child
- Race/ blended race
However, none of these topics felt too heavy to handle. They blended into the story in a understandable way but the story also kept some strong and lighthearted elements that balanced them out. The book also focused on a strong female lead which I loved and her relationship with her daughter and grandmother. I loved that it was never “Babygirl ruined Emoni’s life, only “Babygirl changed her plans.” The cover of this book is breathtaking and the hardback has a special surprise under the dust cover that I adored. I really liked the writing style as well and I hope to read more by Elizabeth Acevedo soon.
I rated this book really high even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Emoni and her new boyfriend but that was mainly because I was hoping the book would focus on a young single mother. Also at one point in the book her boyfriend just kinda disappears and I was like hello???? What’s going on with that? Maybe
I didn’t like how at one point Emma’s daddy tried to act like he could date or see other people and Emoni couldn’t, even though they weren’t a couple and I am so freaking glad that our girl put him in his place cause I was about to fight.