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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,022 ratings  ·  828 reviews
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
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
Tiffany Jackson
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I was okay. 😏
C.G. Drews
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
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.
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
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
J. Greene
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
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading Rush: Read the first book you touch
4.5 Stars

"We spread love, Its the Brooklyn way
-The Notorious B.I.G.

If any of you have read a Tiffany D. Jackson novel then you know that her books tend to be a gut punch. Her first two novels Allegedly and Mondays Not Coming were rough reads. I loved them both but Tiffany ripped my heart out of my chest than stomped on it while looking me dead in my eyes.

What I'm trying to tell you is that Tiffany D. Jackson is a savage.

So I was obviously very very s
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!

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
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
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

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.
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
Stella❤️ 孔凡星
I applaud the author for being able to write realistic characters with complex flaws and desires 👏🏻
Maddie (Inking & Thinking)
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
⭐️ 4 Stars ⭐️


One of my favourite things about this book was the storyline. It's so interesting and unlike anything, I have ever read. After the death of 16-year-old Steph, His sister and best friends decide to share his music with the world and they pretend Steph is alive. They end up going super far with this by signing Steph up for a record deal, getting his previously recorded music remixed, going to appearances with other famous producers and singers and selling his
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A brilliant book about three teenagers commitment to realising the unfulfilled music career of Steph, their friend and brother. Steph was shot and killed in his own neighbourhood. Using some of the music he recorded before his death they pretend he is alive in order to secure a record deal. The message in the book was incredibly poignant. Steph lived. He was someone. He had incredible potential and because of a violent crime he was robbed of the opportunity to follow his passion, and in turn, th ...more
The audiobook made Steph's rhymes even better ...more
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have read all of Tiffany Jackson’s other books (Monday’s Not coming is my personal favorite!), so I went into reading this one with some big expectations. This book was good, but for my it didn’t reach the same level of greatness that Monday’s Not coming, Grown, and Allegedly hit. That being said it was still a very compelling story full of great characters and it packs an emotional punch. This book takes place in the late 1990’s in Brooklyn and centers around a boy named Steph who was gunned ...more
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
4 stars!


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
➶ 2021 books: 72/60

I absolutely ADORED this book... there is just something about Tiffany D. Jackson's writing that makes me fall in love every time!

From the first chapter, I was instantly immersed into the lives of these characters. The discussions of racism, grief and love were so intricate and I was so intrigued throughout the entirety of the story. One element I absolutely adored was the conversation of fulfilling somebodies dream for them, when they are no longer here. Musically, seeing the
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
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
g a b s ⚡
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the concept - a masterpiece
the characters - lovable
the story - amazing
the verses - fire
Elizabeth Aguilar

Easily a top 10 book of the year! I didn't get the chance to add any notes because I had a terrible tootache last night. >_<

For now a few thoughts:
The characters were all complex. No on-- other than the murderer-- was truly good or bad. They all made mistakes. They had good intentions.

I've never really understood hip-hop, even though I knew it held a deep significance for the black community. However, Let Me Hear a Rhyme really showed me why it matters so much and why people resonate with it
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
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!
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
Yna the Mood Reader
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Headline: Three Kids From Brooklyn Pull Off the Biggest Heist in Hip-Hop History

"You may kill the man, but you can never kill his dream."

I loved this so much! That ending brought me to tears!
Keli R
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Tiffany D. Jackson puts the smack down on a book. I thought this was a beautiful ode to hip hop and a commemoration to fallen rappers for whom there has yet to find justice. Hands in the air: hip hop, hip hop!
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Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, and her 2020 title GROWN. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decad ...more

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