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Publisher Description

#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

This digital edition contains a letter from the author, deleted scenes, a picture of the author as a teen rapper, an annotated playlist, Angie’s top 5 MCs, an annotated rap, illustrated quotes from the book, and an excerpt from Angie’s next novel, Concrete Rose.

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

Word connect 101 ,


Angie Thomas did it again! This is such a good book and I can’t wait to read Concrete Rose! I recommend it fully.

ccschlwcgte ,

Amazing Book!!!!

This book was amazing and I couldn’t put it down! Thank you Angie Thomas for making another amazing book!! Big Bird is really creepy tho

Stephanie cooler16 ,


the messages in her books are so amazing. i have the hardcover version and read it over a month ago and just read it again last night. i love the characters and i’m excited to see the movie version! truly my favorite book thus far.

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