I was completely blown away. On the Come Up was fire. It had me hooked from the beginning and I was hanging off of every word. The character development of the main character Bri is really in-depth and captivating. A teenaged girl who wants to be a famous rapper so she can get her family out of poverty and gang violence is absolutely relevant.
SPOILER ALERT: I will warn parents thinking of giving this book to their kids about the one single moment of physical intimacy that happens, but it is small, and in my opinion, relatable for teens coming into their bodies and navigating hormones and relationships. That being said, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who reads in the Young Adult genre.— Caty Christy - Katy Budget Books
Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“For her sophomore book, Thomas gives us a heroine — Brianne — who is struggling against both her family’s expectations as well as those of white people as she tries to make her way doing what she loves: rapping. We follow her through ups and downs as she navigates racism at her school and the expectations of black girls in the music world. Excellently written and incredibly unputdownable, you will cheer and cry as Bri makes her way!”
— Melissa Fox, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big she 's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom loses her job food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With homelessness staring her family down Bri no longer just wants to make it she has to make it. Brilliant insightful full of heart this is another modern classic from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.