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Publisher Description

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.

Young Adult
February 5
Balzer + Bray
Ninth Grade

Customer Reviews

FlyersNfillies ,

Angie Thomas does it again!

Another excellent book from Angie Thomas the follow up to T.H.U.G. doesn’t dissapoint and if you are able to listen to the audio book version Bahni Turpin is amazing once again!

grl hayyy ,

Angie Thomas does it again!

Angie Thomas does it again! I have to say though, this book didn’t hit me quite as hard as THUG did, but nevertheless, I couldn’t put it down! Definitely a great book and I will continue to read anything Angie Thomas writes!

Faeriefille ,

Another exceptional read by Angie Thomas

Excellent follows up to The Hate You Give. Compelling, riveting, and satisfying.

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