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On the Come Up (Hardcover)

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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

Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List


“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

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#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri.”—The New York Times Book Review

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.

About the Author


Angie Thomas is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.

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★ “This follow-up to Thomas’ landmark The Hate U Give, set in the same fictional city after the events of that book, demonstrates again Thomas’ gift for crackling dialogue, complex characterization, and impactful emotion. Readers already lining up for this title won’t be disappointed.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

★ “While acknowledging that society is quick to slap labels onto black teens, the author allows her heroine to stumble and fall before finding her footing and her voice. Thomas once again fearlessly speaks truth to power; a compelling coming-of-age story for all teens.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “On the Come Up truly shines in its exploration of Bri’s resilience, determination, and pursuit of her dreams. In this splendid novel, showing many facets of the black identity and the black experience, Thomas gives readers another dynamic protagonist to root for.”
— ALA Booklist (starred review)

★ “This honest and unflinching story of toil, tears, and triumph is a musical love letter that proves literary lightning does indeed strike twice. The rawness of Bri’s narrative demonstrates Thomas’ undeniable storytelling prowess. A joyous experience awaits. Read it. Learn it. Love it.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ “With sharp, even piercing, characterization, this indelible and intricate story of a young girl who is brilliant and sometimes reckless, who is deeply loved and rightfully angry at a world that reduces her to less than her big dreams call her to be, provides many pathways for readers.”
— Horn Book (starred review)

“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri.”
New York Times Book Review

“This book beckons young readers and music lovers alike with an homage to the forefathers of hip-hop that also assures the feminine voice is never dismissed from the cypher.”
— Washington Post

On the Come Up offers a complicated, imperfect heroine who lives and breathes her truth on every page.”
— Entertainment Weekly

On the Come Up is earnest and warm-hearted, a careful examination of social issues that’s built around an immensely endearing main character. It’s likely to assure Thomas’s continued and well-deserved dominance on the best-seller lists.”
— Vox

“Bri’s story is utterly compelling from first to last.”
— USA Today
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062498564
ISBN-10: 0062498568
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 464
Language: English