On the Come up

On the Come up

Book - 2019 | First edition
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When sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION THO
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062498564


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When sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy.

The author of "The Hate U Give" returns! Bri is an aspiring rapper but the odds are working against her. Her father, an underground hip hop legend, recently died, her mother lost her job, and at school, Bri is referred to as a hoodlum. Up against all this, can she make it work?

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May 14, 2019

A successful sophomore novel taking place in and around Garden Heights, following the events of Thomas' debut "The Hate U Give." The story was just as realistic as THUG but left a little something to be desired in character development and story closure. It took me a while to get really vested in the character's stories and by the time I did, there were so many things not tied up in the ending that I just closed the book with so many questions still lingering. I hope that Thomas continues to write books centered around this geographic area with different characters as the focus as I really enjoyed that part of the story, and I think the unanswered questions left her could be answered in a nod to these characters from another book.

On the Come Up was just a fiercely written, and blew me away just as I thought it would. The Hate U Give is a tough act to follow, but Angie Thomas developed Bri, our main character just as deeply and thoroughly as Starr, and the setting remains in Garden Heights, so you have a familiar feeling of where you are. Bri is an up and coming rapper, who is following in the footsteps of her late father. She finds herself in the middle of a war she didn't want or intend to be in the middle of, and has to decide if she falls into the stereotypes the world wants to claim her as, or if she reveals who true self and takes the chance of losing her path to money, fame, and fortune.

May 02, 2019

See, I really wanted to love this book like Angie Thomas’s debut, but I couldn’t. This story was interesting but lacked some things. Maybe it was just too predictable, or I just couldn’t get through to any characters, but I only thought of it as okay. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth the read because Angie is a amazing writer, and I don’t encourage anyone to miss out, so please enjoy this wonderful story and make your own opinions.

VaughanPLKim Apr 25, 2019

Angie Thomas's follow-up to The Hate You Give is about Bri, who is trying to follow in her late father's footsteps by making a name for herself as a rapper. Bri also hopes to make money to help her struggling single mom pay the bills. When Bri is unfairly targeted by security and her school, the song she writes in response goes viral for all the wrong reasons. The media tries to paint her as something she's not, and Bri makes some impulsive reactions that don't help her case. She also faces pressure to portray herself in a stereotypical way in order to get a record deal. Ultimately, Bri must figure out who she is and who she wants to be. Much like The Hate You Give, this book is timely and authentically captures Bri's voice. A must-read for fans of Thomas and of rap music.

HerrickDL_Hannah Apr 17, 2019

Direct and thought-provoking with complex, flawed, and intriguing characters.
Makes you consider the power of labels we thoughtlessly assume for others, why, and the labels we mistakenly accept for ourselves.

Tigard_LisaE Apr 13, 2019

Bri, a Garden Heights teen (the same neighborhood that grieved and rioted after the murder of Khalil in The Hate U Give) is determined to turn her rapping skills into a career, and she has to do it fast in order to rescue her family from poverty, an added pressure she's placed on herself. After she is assaulted by her school's security team, Bri has to decide whether to release footage of the incident. This part of the plot felt both recycled and not deeply explored. Mush like Starr, Bri has to figure out how to control public perceptions of the attack, because the media fails to portray the reality, and racist assumptions override the truth. However, Bri's rash decisions are incredibly frustrating, the pace of the plot is uneven as huge events will occur with weirdly delayed consequences, and the principal conflicts resolve too neatly to feel authentic. The book is at it's best when Brie is writing, rapping, and waxing rhapsodic about hip hop.

Apr 10, 2019

I had a lot of trouble getting in to the story at the beginning however, it did pick up quite a bit and I thought it was great!

knitsewrainbow Apr 03, 2019

Bri is as real as it gets -- she's bold in her choices, expresses her feeling with a no holds barred attitude and represents when she steps up to the mic. But she also makes very real teenager mistakes that took me right back to my younger days and the things I did when I thought I had all the answers. She learns, as many of us do, that the love and guidance of the ones we keep close doesn't always reflect what we need, or what we *think* we need. Ultimately the truth we speak -- or rap -- is born from that realization, as it is for Bri in On the Come Up. And I LOVED that there was an LGBTQ bestie who was loved and accepted by both male and female friends to the point where it didn't even feel like an issue, which is why it comes at the end of my review.

Mar 31, 2019

A great book. Teaches good values and morals. It's a good book and I would definitely recommend.

Mar 29, 2019


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jpainter Mar 18, 2019

"I'm starting to think that it doesn't matter what I do. I'll still be whatever people think I am." Bri Jackson.


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