Brianna is a typical 17 year old girl studying for the ACTs and dreaming of a career on stage. But the reality is the fridge at home is almost always empty, and, as one of only a few black kids at a magnet arts school, there are a lot of assumptions being made about her. When she finds that even within the safe world of her peers, some of the same assumptions are being made, she begins to find her true voice and let the world finally hear her. Brilliant writing brings Brianna's world into sharp focus. I cheered, I laughed, I got mad, and I loved the oh-so-satisfying ending. Another must-read from Thomas.— Jamie
Sixteen-year-old Bri can rap; she knows she could be one of the greats. But when her first song, written out of anger and frustration, is a viral hit, she becomes both famous and controversial. Set in the same neighborhoods as The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas has written another excellent book about family, friendship, finding your voice, and staying true to yourself.— Marilyn
“For her sophomore book, Thomas gives us a heroine — Brianne — who is struggling against both her family’s expectations as well as those of white people as she tries to make her way doing what she loves: rapping. We follow her through ups and downs as she navigates racism at her school and the expectations of black girls in the music world. Excellently written and incredibly unputdownable, you will cheer and cry as Bri makes her way!”
— Melissa Fox, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.
But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.
Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Angie Thomas made her debut with the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning novel The Hate U Give. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. You can find her at www.angiethomas.com.