On the Come Up
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 not ...more
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 ...more
Angie Thomas rolls up her sleeves and tackles Bri’s story with grace, care, and devastating energy. 16-year-old Brianna “Bri” ...more
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?
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 ...more
I am so in love with your words.
This story follows, Bri Jackson, who, like Starr from The Hate U Give, lives in the neighborhood of Garden Heights.
That is pretty much where the similarities between them end.
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, but it's tough. ...more
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 ...more
TW: racism, drug dealing, gun violence ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
“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 ...more
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...more
“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 ...more
I've just realized...I don't really have anything to say about this book.
I did enjoy the representation. I find Angie Thomas's writing style very readable. I flew through this pretty quick considering how long it is.
But the characters, the story, the topic, the romance (oh god, the unnecessary, accursed, inexplicably love triangle-y romance)...they have all flown from me. Gone from my brain, presumably never to return.
I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Bottom line: Not bad but oh no ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
So I thought long and hard about what to write about “On the Come Up” and to be completely honest I’m none the wiser. I mean I liked the book and read it pretty fast, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have issues with it. I know, I know. A lot of people will be like: “WHAT?” no ...more
God, this book is so damn good!
Young adult done right!
Live your dreams like LIVE YOUR DAMN AMAZING DREAMS!
I love the characters so much! The side characters. The family vibes. The friendship. The relationships. And, wow, I didn't expect the serious issues of racism and discrimination, police brutality, addiction and recovering, poverty and hunger, social media and news hype, LGBTQIAP and coming out could be handled so well!
Damn right. This book needs ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
I listened to this book and I have to give props to Bahni Turp ...more
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