On The Come Up by Angie ThomasOn The Come Up by Angie Thomas

On The Come Up

byAngie Thomas

Hardcover | February 5, 2019

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This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.  

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Title:On The Come UpFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062498568

ISBN - 13:9780062498564

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I liked this book more than The Hate U Give, but both are amazing.
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant First of all, I loved The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas is so incredibly talented and I had no doubt that On the Come Up would be equally impressive. And it really is. There is some continuity between the two books that was really well done - both take place in the same neighbourhood, about a year apart. The main character Bri references the shooting and resulting riots a few times in the story, tying it back to her fear of the police. It’s subtle enough that you don’t need to read THUG to understand, and yet a thoughtful tie-in for those who have. Thomas’ characters consistently blow me away - they are so well put together. Bri is 16 years old and dreams of becoming a rapper like her late father. Her personality fits well with a teen that age - impulsive and rebellious, while also worried about the future. She’s not the most likeable of people, but is such a solid character that you can’t help but become invested in her story very quickly. But that investment made me more than a little anxious; Bri’s impulsiveness had her hurtling toward a wall, and I found myself mentally trying to tell her to slow down. But this is Bri’s coming of age story, a time when she is struggling to find her voice - and that is never a smooth or easy process. It gets a bit emotional - I’ll admit I teared up once or twice. I’m not a music person; I rarely listen to it. But I do love poetry, and Thomas has created some pretty powerful poetry in Bri’s lyrics. They stick with you long after you’ve read past them. I loved it.
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Everyone needs to read this book. It is so powerful. A treasure. As good as "The Hate U Give" but in a different way. Brianna, I love you.
Date published: 2019-02-11

Editorial Reviews

★ “With sharp, even piercing, characterization, this indelible and intricate story of a young girl who is brilliant and sometimes reckless, who is deeply loved and rightfully angry at a world that reduces her to less than her big dreams call her to be, provides many pathways for readers.”