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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,989 ratings  ·  645 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, 380 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.
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.
Tiffany Jackson
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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
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
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  ·  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
Katie  Hanna
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
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

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  ·  review of another edition
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 👏🏻
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
julia ☆ [owls reads]
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Christina Lane
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the nostalgic feel, realistic characters and wonderful writing!
Stacie C
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I loved this so much! That ending brought me to tears!
Let Me Hear A Rhyme opens at the funeral of Steph who was murdered under mysterious circumstances and the police are still investigating. We meet Steph’s two closest friends Quadir and Jarrell who are both doing their best to grieve their friend and exist in a world where black men are killed for no apparent reason. Set in Quadir and Jarrell finds peace in Hip Hop and the music of their dead friend Steph. In cleaning out his room they found tapes filled with Steph music that they never heard, ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"you may kill the man, but you can never kill his dream"
this novel is a perfect piece of literature and Tiffany D. Jackson is a queen!!
the writing style is absolutely beautiful, i love the way she combines 1990s Brooklyn slang with her poetic descriptions. on top of that, the storyline and characters are so well-crafted. this book is everything - a comment on society, an example for the power of music (and the hope it can give) and a love letter to Brooklyn and hip-hop. definitely one of my favo
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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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