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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  90 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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emma Giordano
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! Review to come.
Chaima ✨ شيماء
"[...] 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.
Ellen Gail
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!

Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Celia McMahon
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
a deceptive suspense story // thanks for my life Tiffany D. Jackson
4 of those stars are definitely for the book, 5th is because I just didn't want to stop reading it. This is without a doubt my favorite of her books so far.
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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In 2017, I read Tiffany's book Allegedly , and I LOVED it. So, Let Me Hear a Rhyme is my second read by this author. I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as I'd hoped. I was very close to giving this 5 stars, but the plot did drag a little and the ending wasn't what I'd hoped for.

LMHAR is about three teens living in NY—Jasmine, Quadir, and Jarrell. It is also about Steph—who was recently murdered—best friend of Quadir and Jarrell, brother of Jasmi
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Tiffany D. Jackson is becoming an autobuy author for me.  I loved Monday's Not Coming, but I loved Let Me Hear A Rhyme even more.

This book takes place in 1998 with some flashbacks to 1997.  I has 21 at that time, so not too much older than these kids.  I remember the east coast, west coast rivalries.  The shootings and how they're still unsolved.  I loved all the hip hop music references throughout the book.

Steph was a 16 kid who loved music.  He also took after his father, trying to get kids to
Mar 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Wait...what! I haven't even read Monday's Not Coming yet! I need to catch up! 😩
Stacie C
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-arcs, 2019
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
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
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On her 3rd novel in 3 years, Tiffany D. Jackson's consistent reign on storytelling is not letting up. Debuting in 2017, Jackson came out the gate with an action pack thriller in Allegedly. Threw her readers in a time warp mystery with Monday's Not Coming. Today, she released a heartfilled homage to the hip hop culture in Let's Hear a Rhyme. In this historical fiction, Jackson takes us to 1998, the year Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G was murdered in California after an awards show. She ...more
Tabrizia Jones
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
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 you know. She tributes Biggie because his death sends a s
Kat (Why Read)
What happens when talent dies too soon? It is like seeing your invincible heroes defeated. Their biggest fans are left to pick up the pieces, decipher meaning for the unexplainable, and somehow to continue living. Tupac... Biggie... Steph! (Wait! What?) Steph was the greatest of all time, but the World didn’t know it. From legendary to graveyard. But is that how the story ends?

Let Me Hear a Rhyme is a story of how three Brooklyn teenagers devise a scheme to give life after death for a slain aspi
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Welp this is instantly my fav Tiffany D. Jackson book.
Chelsea Bashore
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some stories are not meant for me, meaning I’m not the audience or intent that this was written for. I learned a ton from these Brooklyn kids and am thankful for being allowed into their world and taking a page from their grace and hip hop. As an educator it’s important to surround myself with understanding and experience new books to pass on to my students. This one already has a name on the inside of the book and is ready to move on to that kid. Stories are important ❤ ...more
Chris Roberts
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How I didn't die, but tried,
we bum rush the backstreets, chronic beat,
while surreptitiously plotting to perpetuate a lie,
liars we roll, Machiavelli was real-real bankroll.

To an author as velvet being:
dull minds don't read well on screen or paper,
you exist absurdly, you are barely being.


Chris Roberts, God Tomorrow
Jamie Canaves
All of Jackson’s novels have been different from each other, while all still being very much written by her, which I love. This one doesn’t neatly fall into one genre (also a thing I love), but the true brilliance of this novel is how Jackson is able to transport you to a very specific music scene, time, and place in the ’90s. In Brooklyn, 1998, Steph has been murdered in the street with no known cause or assailant. His grieving sister, Jasmine, and two best friends, Quadir and Jarrell, hatch a ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Let Me Hear a Rhyme fills your head with secrets, your ears with music, and your heart with tenderness. I can't figure out which character I loved best in this multiple point of view story. Jasmine and her unwavering desire to speak out, to educate people. Quandir's conflict about his future and the people he's surrounded himself with. And Jarrell and the ways he has to challenge his o
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I personally think Tiffany's books just get better and better. I could not put this book down, the only time i was not reading this book was when i was studying for finals.

I appreciated all the hip-hop nods and refrences making me feel all old and nostalgic since i was born in '98. I also liked the mystery element in the story, yes once i got all the clues i figured it out you know but it was still a very enjoyable read. I highlighted so many quotes and passages, so when i do get a finished cop
Brenna Clark
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to send a huge thank you to Edelweiss for this ARC! I'm a huge fan of Tiffany's, and this was one of my most anticipated reads for this year! I am happy to say that it did not disappoint! I was enthralled by this story driven by music; something that has always been so close to my heart. It's so deeply threaded into this narrative, having original lyrics written by Malik Sharif were so powerful and rich coming from the mind of our deceased artist: Steph.

We are greeted by tragedy and its a
Thanks to Edelweiss+ for sending me an ARC of this novel!

Tiffany D. Jackson is one of the YA authors that I'm always excited to read new material from. I loved both ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY'S NOT COMING, so when I heard about LET ME HEAR A RHYME I was eager to read it. When I saw it was available on Edelweiss+ I was stoked, and requested it immediately. When I was given an ARC, I rejoiced. And when I finally dove in, I had a very hard time putting it down.

In 1990s Brooklyn, Qadir and Jarrell are mou
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you were born in the 90s then this book is going to speak to you! Jackson did a fantastic job creating a story that is relevant and relatable to this day and age, but has the influence and references from the 90s. This book is heavily layered with 90s hip hop references and the brings a sense of nostalgia to being a kid growing up in this decade. 

Jackson jumps right into the middle of a mystery of who killed Steph. In coping with the loss of their best friend and brother, Jasmine, Quadir and
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nikki S
I have lived every book about hip hop this year and this one is no different! Real review to come!

**EDIT 05/30/19**

You can find more of my reviews here at my blog: Take Me Away...

When I saw Jackson had another book coming out I added it without a second thought. I was expecting another mystery with a huge plot twist like her others, but this was a nice change from her normal. It definitely shows her writing talent.

Talent was taken too soon. Steph has the best rhymes in Brooklyn, but no one wi
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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