On the Come Upby Published 05 Feb 2019
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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.
On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.
"On the Come Up" Reviews
After the phenomenal success of The Hate U Give, it would be easy to sit back and compare the two novels. However, On the Come Up is a utterly brilliant book in its own right and very much stands on its own two feet. It was superb.
I adore the way Angie Thomas’ writing pulls you in from the get go. Her ability to write complexly, whilst at the same time, making reading the raw and heart pounding stories she creates easy, is awe inspiring.
The characters and voices in On the Come Up, are full of so much warmth and depth, you can’t help but want to hold onto their story for as long as possible. They’re funny, powerful, passionate, vulnerable, strong, flawed and real. I loved them.
The setting was wonderful, as was the connection and mentions of the events of The Hate U Give, proving how big of a lasting impact shootings have on a community.
I equally loved the addition of Brianna’s lyrics, which were full of depth and talent.
The marvel references were everything and I loved the little but definitely not unnoticed nod to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
In short, Bri’s story is one I will remember for a long time to come.
My predictions for this book:
1- THUG is slightly better than this book.
2- This will be as controversial though!
UPDATE MARCH 2018:
*sees that the release date has been pushed to 2019*
*shakes fists and screams at the sky*
*puts money in Sekani's swear jar*
This cover is SO BADASS. I absolutely loved The Hate U Give and I just know I'm gonna love this too.
I'M SO EXCITED!!!
If you think I'm only reading this book because Angie Thomas wrote it.........then hell yeah, you'd be absolutely CORRECT
Compelling and immersive, Thomas's sophomore novel suffers no slump. Bri is a 16-year-old who dreams of rap stardom and who gets her break after a battle, wherein she writes a song that captures the attention of rap fans in her community. She's not sure she wants to release it, but she's also sure she doesn't want to continue living in a situation where her mom's job loss and brother's suspension of his own dreams means that they have no power or food in the fridge.
This book takes a hard look at economic challenges, as well as police surveillance and treatment of black and brown people. Many of the themes present in THUG are present here, but they're explored on an even more micro level. Bri is a fabulous, fully-rendered character who is by turns hilarious (she loves fandoms and Tweety and isn't afraid to school anyone on her love for these things) and challenging (she is, at times, utterly frustrating because she does things that she shouldn't -- as is the case with teenagers and in her case, teenagers in situations they want nothing more than to help make better, even to their own detriment). There's a light romance in here which feels well-earned, but it's not the star of the book. Bri is. Romance? It's just a slice of who she is. Same with burgeoning rap star. Same with someone growing up with a father who was killed and a mother who has previously struggled with addiction. Bri realizing she is pieces of these, but not defined by any of them wholly, is a big part of what makes her journey so engaging.
I may like this one better than THUG. It'll mean so much to so many young readers who will see themselves in Bri's story.