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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On the Come Up is a realistic novel that takes place in the Garden where The Hate U Give also took place. This novel happens shortly after the riots from the first book, but the characters are new to ... Read full review

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Same narrator and neighborhood as The Hate U Give - with a different character and set of circumstances. Bri is a hot-headed teenager trying to follow her dream of being a rap star while dealing with the stress of her family trying to keep its head above water financially. Read full review

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Contents

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Epilogue
About the Author
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Angie Thomas is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.