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
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.