82 pages 2 hours read

Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2019

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Part 3, Chapters 108-113

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Part 3: “The Bittersweet”

Part 3, Chapters 108-113 Summary

Emoni has made up her mind regarding college but has not yet told anyone. Malachi talks with her in the cafeteria as he noticed she has been looking sad, and he tells her that things will work out. In “Accepted,” Tyrone shows up at Emoni’s house and tells her that he has gotten a job and wants to help more with Emma financially. However, he also asks for extended visiting hours with his child.

Prom is approaching, but Emoni tells ’Buela she does not want to go and cannot afford it. Instead, on the night of the prom, Malachi leaves early and joins Emoni at her house, where she cooks some “delicious snacks.”

Julio visits a month early to attend Emoni’s graduation ceremony. He also reveals that he didn’t used to like eating Emoni’s cooking because it reminded him of her dead mother. However, he now eats the bread she has just baked and promises to stay longer. At the school graduation ceremony, Mr. Jagoda takes a picture of Emoni, Julio, and her classmates. Emoni’s friends and their families are invited back to her house afterwards for a graduation lunch.

Emoni visits Café Sorrel again and asks Chef Williams for a job there.