#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri.”—The New York Times Book Review
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
For 16-year-old Bri, hip-hop is the air she breathes, the legacy her late father left her, and her best hope of escaping poverty. Angie Thomas follows up her smash debut, The Hate U Give, with another novel that shows off her gift for authentic dialogue and dynamic characters. On the Come Up is a story about a hypertalented kid whose difficult life circumstances inform, rather than impede, her art, even as she fights against being stereotyped and misunderstood. This novel is one part Fame, one part 8 Mile, and all parts pure magic.
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The whole book truly never failed to keep me entertained.
Uplifting & englightening!
Angie Thomas does it again! Peeling back the layers and carefully examining each other with patience, empathy, & sincere understanding of each level' importance! This is a powerful narrative about finding, loving, and owning oneself! Bri is a beautiful & complex heroine and the people she surrounds herself with are equally beautiful, complex, and HILARIOUS! Thank you, Ms. Thomas, for creating stories centered around African American communities and characters! They mean the world to us! SO READY FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!
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!