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In this standalone novel, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he is still alive.

Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are okay letting their best friend Steph’s tracks lie forgotten in his bedroom after he’s killed—not when
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Katherine Tegen
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Emma Giordano
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars! Review to come.
chai ♡
"[...] the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he is still alive."

me, vibrating so hard I begin to clip through the floors: I am...moderately excited
Laurie Anderson
I loved this book - a great story, very well-told. Great tensions, relationships and so much Brooklyn!!!
Teens will love this book... and so will a whole lot of adults!

The only hard part for me was acknowledging that books set in 1998 now classify as historical fiction.
C.G. Drews
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am just going to sit here and sHOUT that this book is masterful brilliance. It's left me in awe with just the skill of the storytelling. You know when you read a book and it's just plotted so tightly, the puzzle-pieces fit together with satisfying snaps at the end, and the characters feel so real you're shocked at the last page that you don't get to spend more time with your new best friends?!??! Me. This book. Us together. 🥺And, as a writer myself, I constantly read to glean craft tips and I ...more
Tiffany Jackson
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean...it was okay. 😏
Jazmen
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Love! Love! Love!

The young adult genre has not yet seen a novel the likes of Let Me Hear A Rhyme, and whoever signed on for this title knew what they’re doing.

Let Me Hear A Rhyme brought forth memories long since buried. It felt like someone ripped these pages right out of my childhood. Jackson knows, and she gets it.

If LMHAR, were out when I was a teenager, I would have devoured it, in the same manner, I devoured my fifty cent snack: a bag of chips and a quarter juice.

LMHAR is what Urban Fictio
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ahh i loved this SO MUCH. loved each of the characters and what they did for Steph and what he meant to them all <3 ...more
Ellen Gail
Jan 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
Okay I know Monday's Not Coming has just barely hit the shelves. But I'm already ready for this one anyway. More Tiffany D. Jackson!

GIMME!
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Celia McMahon
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOW DARE THIS BOOK COME INTO MY HOME. How dare it put me through a torrent of feelings. In the place where I sleep. Where I watch Netflix and eat jalapeno Cheetos.

Thank you Edelweiss and publisher for the honor of reviewing this title ahead of its release date.

This is the first book I’ve read by the author, but believe me, I’m scooping up her other titles shortly. This book follows three friends who, after the murder of their friend, set out to 1.find out who killed him and 2. Show the world h
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Katie  Hanna
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, that was a surprise.

The only other book I'd ever heard of by Tiffany D. Jackson is Allegedly, a (I THINK?) crime/trial/general suspense thriller, and that never sounded like my cup of tea. But I saw Let Me Hear a Rhyme on the YA shelf at our public library recently, and, drawn by the vibrantly colorful cover, I decided to give it a try.

Best. reading. decision. of. the. year.

Because this book is a GEM, folks.

Basically, Let Me Hear a Rhyme follows three teenagers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ne
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J Beckett
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yo, Tiffany D. Jackson did the damn thing here! I was expecting to have a lukewarm reaction to Let Me Hear a Rhyme, not because Jackson lacks skills as a YA writer or misses the mark when it comes to delving into the unexpected, but because the idea of writing a story about a deceased rapper whose friends and family try to get his music produced was, in my initial opinion, a stretch; or so I thought. Jackson weaves the rap music scene in Brooklyn throughout the 300 plus page novel with the elega ...more
R.F. Gammon
Oct 01, 2019 marked it as dnf
*sighs* SOOOOOOOOO

I actually really like this

The writing style? Fantastic. The characters? Compelling. The plot line? Amazing. I think I'm definitely GOING to finish it.

However...for right now, I'm DNFing, simply because I've been reading SO MUCH contemporary lately and I am in DESPERATE need of a fantasy kick xD

Basically? I can't give this book the attention it deserves right now. Which makes me sad, because it deserves all the attention.

Hopefully I'll be trying it again, soon.
Katie.dorny
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This just reminded me of on the come up and I couldn’t help myself but choose my favourite child in this battle.

I loved both, but this felt lacking compared to that and I couldn’t help but do so with all the plot similarities.

The characters are well developed and the dialogue is witty and fast paced; as is the plot.

There were startling differences with our main artist here being deceased, but it felt like death and grief were pushed aside for some humour and light hearted romance and that didn’t
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Stella❤️ 孔凡星
I applaud the author for being able to write realistic characters with complex flaws and desires 👏🏻
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
4 stars!

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Headline: Three Kids From Brooklyn Pull Off the Biggest Heist in Hip-Hop History


Let Me Hear a Rhyme was a delight! It had mystery, romance, friendship, and music. The multiple perspective narrative was so so well done that I couldn't help but b swept in by Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine's POVs--and Steph, who we got to know mostly from his music and the lyrics presented throughout the novel. They were all so real and complex and well developed and I loved every single one o
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Sierra
The audiobook made Steph's rhymes even better
Maria Zuppardi
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute MUST READ! I need time to collect myself, so full review to come!
Elise (TheBookishActress)
a deceptive suspense story // thanks for my life Tiffany D. Jackson
Jennifer
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This author is known for writing important and meaningful YA books. This book is no exception.

This is the third book that I have read by this author. I have previously read: Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming.

Let Me Hear A Rhyme is told from the POVs of three black teens from Brooklyn and is set in the late 90s. The POVs: Jasmine, Quadir, and Jarrell (all 1st person POVs).

The basic premise of the book is that one of their friends is murdered. And he was a really good rapper. They want to posthumo
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Megan
Listening to this on audio was a good decision. It brought the rhymes and use of AAVE and slang to life, and I was able to appreciate Steph's music more by actually hearing the messages and power behind the words, rather than just reading them.

I grew up in suburban Australia in the 90s and was obviously very far removed from the New York hip hop scene, so this story was very eye-opening for me in terms of gangs, street violence, financial issues, snitches, and more importantly how music brings
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Tabrizia
It wasn't bad. This was more of a trip down memory lane for me, growing in the '90s and through the rise of hip hop. The book managed the culture of gun violence, paranoia of the police, snitching, financial strain...the background of this book I felt really capture the true atmosphere of the 1990s.

However, this book wasn't what I expected and not in a good way. While reading it, I felt that it was lacking the emotion and the connection you should feel with the characters. I don't know if it was
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Harley
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-and-4-5-stars
This was so good! I loved these characters greatly, the plot was original and interesting, and I enjoyed everything about it. It didn't leave me stunned or anything, but it's just a solid and profound story that at the very least will make you smile.
Catie
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite Tiffany Jackson, mainly because I was a teenager during the exact same era as Jasmine, Quadir, Jarrell, and Steph. I remember pagers, recording songs from the radio, and listening to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill for an entire 6 hour flight (on my discman, of course). The innermost part of my soul will always be little Tamika, refusing to take free ice cream even though everyone else is doing it. I think this is probably Tiffany Jackson's most personal book, and her love fo ...more
Stacie C
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
They had no idea if this plan would really work. Steph was dead but that didn’t mean his memory had to be. All the tapes he had under his bed, the cd they found, the notebooks filled with lyrics all seemed like possibilities to Steph’s two best friends Jarrell and Quadir and his little sister Jasmine. It gave Jarrell and Quadir a chance to put their best friend on the map. And Jasmine only agreed to help if they promised to help find out who killed her big brother. They had a chance to make Ste ...more
Yna the Mood Reader
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much! That ending brought me to tears!
Starr ❇✌❇
3.5

Steph was a lot of things- best friend, good brother, amazing rapper. But he's also dead. After he's shot, it seems like there's nothing to do but move forward. But not for Jazz, who's determined to know how her brother died, and not for his best friends Quadir and Jarrel either, not once they find the tracks he recorded. He was good- and if he couldn't be famous in life, why not in death? But no one wants to listen to some dead kid they don't even know. With the three teens hiding Steph's id
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JoScho
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is centered around a group of teenage friends in the late nineties. They love hip hop, shooting hoops, and hanging out on their block. One of them is killed and the other two are determined to get him a record deal no matter what. This is a story of loss, friendship, and the lengths you will go to for the people you love-no matter what.
Kingtchalla83
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let Me Hear a Rhyme is told in first person with 3 POVs and flashbacks to 1997. I upgraded my book with whispersync and listened to the audio. The audio included four different narrators with distinct voices. At no point did I get confused when the POV switched because of Jackson's talent for characterization.

Brooklyn is one of the major characters, including hip-hop. Jackson gives the folks hip-hop 101 lessons and you if don't know...now you know. She tributes Biggie because his death sends a s
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Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Steph, Quadir and Jerrell are friends growing up in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. The same neighborhood as Biggie and Jay-Z. When Steph is found murdered, no one knows how to react. When his friends Quadir and Jerrell find music he has recorded, they are determined to get it out for the world to hear and not let his death be in vain. Along with Steph's sister, Jasmine, they work to get the music out and find out who killed Steph.

So far I have loved everything I have read by Tiffany D. Jackson. Allegedly a
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Abby Johnson
So great, so great. When their best friend Steph is shot and killed in their Brooklyn neighborhood, Quadir and Jarrell and Steph's sister Jasmine find a way to memorialize him. They discover shoeboxes full of recordings that Steph made, preserving his verses and songs, and they set out to get him discovered as the next great rap star from Brooklyn. While Quadir and Jarrell want to immortalize their friend (and maybe make some money to get out of the projects), Jasmine has another motive - she wa ...more
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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitaski ...more

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