On the Come Up

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HarperCollins, Feb 5, 2019 - Young Adult Fiction - 464 pages

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.

 

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User Review  - Narshkite - www.librarything.com

I felt nearly the same about this book as I did about The Hate U Give. I appreciate what Thomas is doing. She breaks things down in way that creates connections -- White people often seem flummoxed by ... Read full review

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Bri dreams of being a rapper and hip-hop artist, like her father before her. He was on his way to fame when he was murdered by a neighborhood gang when she was just a baby. It seems her break has come ... Read full review

Contents

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Epilogue
About the Author
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Angie Thomas made her debut with the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning novel The Hate U Give. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. You can find her at www.angiethomas.com.