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Let Me Hear a Rhyme

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,135 ratings  ·  279 reviews
In the next striking and vibrant standalone novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, 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 thei
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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.
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
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 quar
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
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, New York, in the late
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 t
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 l
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 reall
The audiobook made Steph's rhymes even better
Elise (TheBookishActress)
a deceptive suspense story // thanks for my life Tiffany D. Jackson
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, e-book-arcs
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
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 kn
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 dea
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
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! 😩
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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 Jasmine. The story is primarily centered around
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 a
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ms. B
Hip hop and secrets in the streets of Brooklyn, New York.
Take yourself back t0 1998, remember B.I.G and Tupac? Some say they died too soon. Now another young voice, Steph (Michael Stephon) has been taken. The late 1990s was an era without iTunes. It was a time when being a rapper meant recording a demo and signing on with a record label. After his untimely demise, Steph's two best friends and sister set out to make him infamous hoping it will lead them to find out the truth about his death. But
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Really liked the setting and premise but I wished it would have focused more on either the part about the music or about the murder. It could have worked out better but unfortunately it was a bit too much with the two different missions.
Natasha Diaz
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tiffany D. Jackson does it again. I couldn't love this book more as a New Yorker or Tiffany fangirl, it is impossible not to root for these characters and to fall in love with the story. 5 stars only because I can't give 6.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It feels weird putting this on my historical fiction shelf but it takes place in 1998, so here we are lol.

Anyway, this was a very emotional ride filled with so much love for hip-hop, Brooklyn, and family- I couldn't put it down. Jackson's writing and Malik-16's lyrics were so personal and worked together to create a compelling story about love, honor, and legacy. It broke my heart while simultaneously uplifting me, I loved it.
Alex Johnson
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a pure thriller like Jackson's two other books but a cool window into '90s hip-hop. It felt like Jackson was trying to do too many things in this novel—friends trying to make dead friend artist, friends trying to figure out how dead friend died, subplots for each friend, dead friend lyrics—for anything to be exceptionally good, but overall it was enjoyable. For those people who want to remember what it's like to be 15—still dreaming but also coming to terms with the reality that the world ma ...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