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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, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
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Caitlin If you follow Angie Thomas on Twitter, I believe she does say that Starr makes a cameo and has shared a few details here and there about what to…moreIf you follow Angie Thomas on Twitter, I believe she does say that Starr makes a cameo and has shared a few details here and there about what to expect in this book.(less)
Sarah Yes, Angie Thomas's Twitter bio confirms the release date is now February 5, 2019. Check out her pinned tweet for a bit more info.

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شيماء ✨
If you think I'm only adding this book to my tbr because Angie Thomas wrote it......then hell yes, you're absolutely CORRECT
Warda
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I cannot WAIT for this. Cover love. Blurb obsessed!! Angie Thomas is so deserving of the success she's been getting for THUG!

Gimme! 😍
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."


hold me, cause I feel the sudden urge to faint
Iara
ANOTHER NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR BEHIND THE PHENOMENAL THE HATE U GIVE?
SIGN ME UP.
✨    jamieson   ✨
THAT IS A COVER AND A FUCKING HALF. LOVE IT

Can't wait for this Queen Angie can do no wrong
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
Why isn't this in my hands yet? *sob*
Beth
Jan 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Need.
WANT.

After T.H.U.G... I'm eagerly awaiting!

We have a cover and a blurb, please please please. I need this.
Yusra  ✨
so ready for this 😍😍 didn’t even know the cover was out, but it is exactly what I need

also.... the hype is deserving
Nadia
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as unreleased  ·  review of another edition
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WHY???? I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 2019!!!!!
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LOOK. AT. THAT. COVER. WHY IS THIS BOOK STILL NOT IN MY HANDS???
Taylor
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
UPDATE MARCH 2018:

*sees that the release date has been pushed to 2019*

*shakes fists and screams at the sky*

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!?????

Goddammit.

*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!!!

Laura
hollllllly shit, THAT COVER 😍
Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
Part of me is like, "FUCK YEAH! MUST READ! ANGIE THOMAS!"

And part of me is like, "...but what if it's not as good as THE HATE U GIVE"?

I've been burned before... but I really, really need this to be good.
Fables&Wren
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Look at that cover! I’m so excited I may pass o..u-
*passes out*
Kelly
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 a
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Vicky Who Reads
EVERYONE! We have a title (thank you YallFest!): On the Come Up!

See the original tweet here.

ilsa ➹
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
BLACK GIRLS SLAYING IT ON COVERS.

IM HERE FOR THIS
Ashley
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
The cover design matches the cover design of The Hate U Give almost exactly and it's making my OCD so, so happy.
Stacy Fetters
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
"I lost my cool so bad that I’ve lost more than I realize. I’m lost. I’m so lost that I’m exhausted from trying to find my way."

The Hate U Give is one of my all time favorite books and I couldn’t recommend it enough. When she announced that a second book was on the way, I was stoked and couldn’t wait for Bri’s story. It pains me to say this but this was hyped too much and this didn’t hit me the way THUG did. I remember being emotionally crushed after reading that and this one just left me conten
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Ashley Collins
yallfest spoiler: it's called On The Come Up, y'all 😱
Vanessa
I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE TO BE RELEASED !!! Angie Thomas holds all of my faith. Bit saddened though because it was supposed to be published this year and now it has been pushed to next year.

It also reminds me a bit of a modern day "The Get Down", which is fuckin' great because I miss that gorgeous show (((it didn't deserve to be cancelled only after 11 episodes)))

Also, there better be lots of Tupac's mentions 👊
Noha Badawi
Oct 14, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'll read anything this woman writes.
Courtney
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the words of Bri Jackson: “Ho.Ly. Shit.” This book is so freaking good. The voice is a masterclass. I want kids everywhere to read it. Every. Where. Bri’s life is far from perfect. She has been traumatized in her childhood and gets traumatized at school. But the love and joy she has in her life despite us challenges is breathtaking. Talk about resiliency. She’s also a brilliant rapper, and her lyrics were some of my favorite passages. The pop culture, Black culture, and hip-hop references are ...more
Kael
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as most-anticipated
YAAASS this the third black girl I’ve seen slaying a book cover for 2018 releases (see also: Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson & Dread Nation by Justina Ireland)! It does my heart good to see someone who looks like me represented in a positive light gracing the cover of a bestseller. Keep it up publishing companies. #diversecovers
☽ MaryJane ✨
Uhhhh why am i just learning of this book? This sounds AMAZING.
Shortcake
Dec 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
WHERE IS IT. JUNE 5?!

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2.24.2018

Cover & synopsis 🙌🏽 🙌🏽 🙌🏽

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I did NOT know Angie Thomas was writing a follow-up to THUG! This is beautiful! Im so happy! Where is the cover?
Jillian Heise
Sometimes you worry a second book won't live up to the hype of an author's debut, but Angie Thomas has written a new story with new characters from the same neighborhood that I might like even more than The Hate U Give. My heart was rooting for Bri during her whole journey. And this cast of characters had me thinking of so many former students who would find themselves, their families, and their communities in this book. A must-read.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
oh my god, this is set in Garden Heights too?
Sass
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a different book to THUG, with a different energy, but Angie continues to write with her whole heart and soul. If you loved Starr Carter, you need to meet Bri Jackson.
Jessica Peace
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
THIS COVER IS GIVING ME THE LIFE I NEEDED TODAY...

That is all, carry on.
Ricky
Nov 11, 2017 marked it as to-read
Here we have the way Angie Thomas retains her YA queenship.

There's not much to go on with that summary yet, but you know she's gonna write another big bestseller primed to dominate the charts for months on end. :D

Especially with that ass-kicking cover, so much in the style of The Hate U Give and poised to be just as iconic. :D :D
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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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