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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 bill ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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chai ♡
It’s Angie Thomas’ world and she’s just allowing us to live in it.

You know when you finish reading a book and there's a moment that feels so remarkable it carves out a space in time and whirls there while the world rushes on around it? In that gap where your real storyline seems very abstract and you're left with such a warm and happy feeling that you're glowing just by being around the book's energy?

That was me upon finishing this book. I'm still overwhelmed by the zing of feeling in my heart a
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Emily May
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aunt Pooh said I only get one chance to let everybody and their momma know who I am.
So I take it.

How do you follow a book like The Hate U Give?

Reading THUG, I got the impression that I was experiencing something momentous. It was breathtaking. Important. I was witnessing a person using their art to say loud and clear “ENOUGH.” On the Come Up looks at some of the same things, but it is a different kind of book. I think, however, it is a book which shows that Thomas is a great writer, not ju
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Kai
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You'll never silence me and you'll never kill my dream,
Just recognize when you say brilliant that you're also saying Bri."


First of all, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY and second of all THIS BOOK IS GONNA BE A FILM YOU GUYS. What a birthday present, am I right?

Spoiler free!

This is the 2019 release I was most scared to read. THUG was such a major, ground-breaking, and emotional book for me that the stakes for Angie’s second books were mile-high. Now I can assure you that there is no need to worry. Angie wil
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Warda
[4.5🌟]

This book was pretty fuckin phenomenal. I wasn't sure how THUG could be topped, but Angie Thomas did that!
I fell in love with this story, with Brianna, her friends and family and her love for music. All those aspects were pretty much nailed and I couldn't get enough once I started reading.
I'm really liking how Angie Thomas incorporates themes regarding social justice in her stories in order for us to get to know how some black communities are living and opening our eyes to it all. It's ra
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Cristina Monica
Oh my, oh my, oh my. This was INTENSE. I have no doubt a movie will be produced. Otherwise, BIG MISTAKE because this is something the world needs and I just really want to see a teen movie with a rap battle + romance + family drama + diverse characters + fierce social involvement. Because YES.
megs_bookrack
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ANGIE THOMAS!!!



I am so in love with your words.



This story follows, Bri Jackson, who, like Starr from The Hate U Give, lives in the Garden Heights neighborhood.

That is pretty much where the similarities between these two girls ends however.



Bri lives with her mother and her older brother. Her father, a once successful rapper, was gunned down in the streets, a victim of gang violence.

Bri's mother, a recovering addict, with over 5-years sobriety, is doing her best to provide for her children alone
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chan ☆
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
While I didn't enjoy the plot of this one quite as much as I enjoyed the plot of the Hate U Give, this book was still soOoOoOoOo GOOD. Angie Thomas' writing perfectly fits the YA genre and we are truly blessed to be living in the same lifetime as her. SO DAMN GOOD.

TW: racism, drug dealing, gun violence
Hannah Greendale
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going to keep this review short because everyone and their rap-loving aunt is going to read and review this book. And, cutting right to the chase, because everyone wants to know how On the Come Up measures up to The Hate U Give, so let me be straight: They're different books.

THUG is about a girl, a victim, being shuffled along by something much bigger than her - a socio-political movement hundreds of years in the making. Starr Carter is a quiet girl, a good girl, who tries to keep to herself an
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I’m going to be bold about this and say that I loved this more than THUG. Angie Thomas had a hard act to follow, but this was spot on in every possible way.
Lilith Black Bee
DISCLAIMER
I get that some people might not see some of my words with good eyes, but these are the things that this book made me think about. So please, respect my opinion. It's against no one, but if you have a different opinion than mine, or you totally disagree with my thoughts, feel free to say your opinion. I will respect it, no matter what.

When I found out about this book, I think it was a couple of months ago or something like that. Obviously, I wanted to read this one too after I loved "T

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Hamad
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads, e-books
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“There’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.”

🌟 If Angie Thomas taught me something is that I should use my voice if I have one and I am going to do exactly that. If you think you will be offended by this review or by this not being my favorite book of the year then don’t continue this review!

🌟 A thing I have noticed lately is that it is always a bit harder to view diverse books. For me
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So apparently giving supporting details about your arguments = spoilers. I thought I was pretty vague, apart from mentioning a few potentially triggering situations, but just in case: I talk about the book in this review of the book(!), please consider yourself warned.



I've been looking forward to ON THE COME UP ever since I heard that Angie Thomas was writing a new book. THE HATE U GIVE was one of those life-changing books for me, in th
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Angelica
Well damn. Angie Thomas did that.
✨    jamieson   ✨
“You’ll never silence me and you’ll never kill my dream. Just recognize when you say brilliant that you’re also saying Bri.”


OH, this was absolutely 100% amazing and Angie Talent is WAY too talented for me to handle. Obviously, I literally adored
“There's only so much you can take being described as somebody you're not.”


Easily my favourite part of this book was Bri's character. Bri is the kind of character I've been wanting and needing in YA for so long. She feels so genuinely teen and s
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C.G. Drews
Well we all knew the Queen of YA would gift us with another incredible story...so brb, just feeling so many things about this one. I also really love Angie Thomas' style, her voice, and her passion and love that you can absolutely feel in every single page of the book. This one is about rapping and being poor and figuring out who you are, no matter what the world is saying or where it's telling you that you fit. It's not quite as dark as The Hate U Give, but that doesn't make it any less powerfu ...more
BernLuvsBooks
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-books, botm
Angie Thomas has such a way of incorporating social justice (and injustice) into her stories that is both moving and eye opening. This book focused on so many things - racism, drugs, poverty, family issues, being true to yourself and more & it dealt with each one undeniably well.

I was worried going into this book that it wouldn't live up to The Hate You Give for me. While THUG is still my favorite, Bri and her family and friends definitely captured me. I was fully invested in the characters and
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i love how goodreads seems to lose my reviews. wonderful, just wonderful.
Christy
3.5 stars!

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Angie Thomas' debut novel 'The Hate You Give' blew me away. I hate to compare it to this, because they are totally different stories, but I couldn't help myself. For me, this was good, but not near as good as THUG. Angie Thomas is an amazing writer and there was lots I loved about this book, but there were also things that missed the mark a bit.

Bri is a teenager and an aspiring rapper. She wants to make it big not only because she is talented and wants to be famous etc, but becaus
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Erin
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Damn, I loved this book! The Hate U Give was one of my favorite reads in 2017 and it looks like On the Come Up is going to make my 2019 list. Angie Thomas absolutely nails "voice" and "characterization " in her storytelling and in 16 year old Brianna, an aspiring rapper, she creates a protagonist that I was cheering for from page one.

That's what we call our goal, the come up. It's when we finally make it with this rap stuff. I'm talking get-out-of-the-Garden-and-have-enough-money-to-never-wo
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Laurie  Anderson
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, best-of-the-best
Angie is the best! I loved this book.
Brandice
Uh oh. After loving The Hate U Give, I was very excited to read Angie Thomas’s next book, On the Come Up. I’m bummed, however, to say it was just an ok read for me.

Sixteen-year old Bri Jackson lives in the Gardens but attends a prep school in another, better neighborhood. Her mom is 8 years clean, following the death of Bri’s dad, and is now going back to school to become a social worker. Her brother, Trey, recently graduated college and is living at home trying to help his family out - Bills a
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mindful.librarian ☀️
Angie Thomas didn't just live up to the expectations I had after reading and loving The Hate U Give, she went to an entirely new level with On The Come Up. As a school librarian and reviewer of a great deal of young adult literature, I can tend to feel a bit of ”been there, read that" with many stories. This isn't a knock on YA, it's simply a result of being an adult reading a lot of YA. However, with On the Come Up, Angie Thomas brings a fresh and vital story to the genre, and also one of the m ...more
Iara
ANOTHER NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR BEHIND THE PHENOMENAL THE HATE U GIVE?
SIGN ME UP.
Carmen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
It's like having a bucket of ice water thrown in my face.

Ratchet hood rat.

Thousands of people just heard me act like that. Millions more may see the video. They won't care that my life is a mess and I had every right to be mad. They'll just see an angry black girl from the ghetto, acting like they expected me to act.

Supreme laughs to himself. "You played the role," he says. "Goddamn, you played the role."

Problem is, I wasn't playing. That's what I've become.
pg. 355

OKAY, even though I was resist
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Trina (Between Chapters)
So good! I had Bri's songs stuck in my head the whole time I was reading this. Loved how this unpacks the "angry Black woman" stereotype through Bri's school experience and music.

Audiobook review: Narration is great. It's the same voice actor who did Children of Blood and Bone for reference. There is some yelling, which is always a pet peeve of mine for volume control, but I'd still recommend the audio!

tw: racial profiling, gangs/gang wars, drug dealing, addiction (character is recovered, but t
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading On the Come Up on 3/16/2019 and finished it on 3/28/2019 at 12:30am. This book is an excellent read! I love that it takes place in the same neighborhood as the author’s first book and the bits and pieces of the first book were mentioned on here. I can’t recall if Bri’s dad was mentioned in The Hate U Give since I read it awhile ago. The characters are likeable. I like Bri’s older brother, Trey. He’s such a caring brother and a good son. I like Bri’s friends Sonny and Malik, esp ...more
Lauren Lanz
This was a fantastic story, as to be expected from the author of The Hate U Give.

“There's only so much you can take being described as somebody you're not.”


On the Come Up follows Brianna Jackson, a sixteen year old aspiring rapper. With her mom struggling to pay rent and her school’s security guards targeting black and latinx students, Bri hopes that her raps are enough to warrant permanent change.

After a spectacular debut novel, I had high hopes for Angie Thomas and anything she wou
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EmBibliophile
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
4.5 stars

Angie Thomas really has a way with words! This book was so good, eye opening, raw, real, and just brilliant. I really enjoyed the hate you gave and I thought that I’d be comparing them both while reading this. However, I loved them both equally. Angie Thomas writing is just so good and her stories are so relevant and important. I loved the family and the friendship aspects in this one. I love Brianna’s passion towards her music. Her song lyrics are still stuck in my head. Even the comin
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Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walt ...more

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