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On the Come up

On the Come up

eBook - 2019
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As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time-- and has massive shoes to fill. She's been labeled a hoodlum at school, and the fridge at home is empty after her mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral-- for all the wrong reasons. Portrayed by the media as a menace, Bri makes a choice-- and becomes the very thing the public has made her out to be. The odds are stacked against her, and freedom of speech isn't always free. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062498571
Branch Call Number: EBOOK YA OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (447 pages)
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Bri has dreams of making it big as a rapper and is breaking out on the local music scene while gaining some unwanted attention for her song.

When sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, pours her anger and frustration into her first song, she finds herself at the center of a controversy.

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May 14, 2021

This book was a really cook read, I would recommend! Also read the authors other book "The Hate you give"

Sep 23, 2020

Angie Thomas’s second book, On The Come Up, is a great piece of literature that is both educational and inspirational. In the story, main character Bri follows her dream to become a rapper, despite her mother’s initial opposition, in order to support her family through hard times. My favorite parts of the book were Bri’s interactions with her older brother because they were relatable to my own experiences with my sibling. Like the author’s first book, The Hate U Give, this novel brings to light the struggles mainly forced upon Black communities. Everybody must take part in eliminating this inequality and reading this book can be your first step to reach that change.

Gr33nbird Aug 06, 2020

Relevant and real. Thomas's coming of age story is about learning how to be true to oneself.

0Charlie Jun 18, 2020

I do not have a personal connection to the main character either in lifestyle, age, or musical tastes. However, it was a recommendation during Black History Month. It was frustrating following a character with such a volatile personality - who means well but is constantly blowing her cool and damaging the situation. It is worth the read and recommended for teen readers and fans of rap music.

What do you do when you have a bestseller as wildly popular and important as The Hate U Give and you want to write another book? You knock it out of the park. This book is so full of heart and such a brilliant critique of the inequalities that exist in our society. It's different than THUG, but no less important or wonderful.

Brianna "Bri" Jackson is a rapper. Her dream is to make it, to get that million dollar contract, to get her family out of the Garden and away from their life of hardships. Bri's dad was Lawless, a rapper famous in the Garden who was shot and killed when she was young; her mom spiralled into drug use after he died. Now, Bri is 16, and she has a shot at real money - but she is going to have to make sure she doesn't lose herself in the process of finding her come up.

Yes, this is a story about a rapper trying to make it. But it's so much more than that. Bri encounters so much inequality in her daily life, and a lot of that is like a slap, a wake up call for those of us who don't have to worry about being profiled as drug dealers without ever doing anything wrong. The privilege that I hold was never clearer than it was as I was reading this, and I think that's a sign that this book is doing something so right. From security guards at school to cashiers at drug stores, from police to potential employers to judgement from friends, nothing is safe in this novel. Nothing is safe in Bri's world, and that was so stark and real.

But beyond that, this book just has so much heart. Bri is all heart, all love, all fire and passion and drive, and that kept me so invested in her and her story. She's so different from Starr, and the way that her fire drove her to figure out who she was and who she wanted to be was just heart-wrenching for me. I connected with her so deeply.

This is a story about family and friendship and budding sexuality and finding faith in something when the world turns against you at every turn. It touched me so much more than I thought it would. It's politically charged, though not quite to the level that THUG is. The sensitivity to these issues, Angie's wonderful writing, and the way everything in Bri's life is so nuanced and multidimensional all make this a novel that the world needs. I certainly did.

May 22, 2020

I started the year by reading The Hate U Give and accidentally bought a boxed set that included On the Come Up. I didn't really have any desire to read it. It was a solid story but I couldn't help but compare it to THUG which I LOVED. So as a standalone book yes it gave me all the feels but I wasn't as invested in the characters, lacked subtleties and didn't carry the same urgency with it. I think it's a great book for teens, especially those who aren't so into reading. I would recommend it to others. I won't read it again but I also won't forget it. I really think anyone would enjoy this book.

Gina_Vee Mar 02, 2020

I loved this story! It's like The Hate U Give in the way that it tells the story of an African American girl growing up in the same city as The Hate U Give, except the story is different. Just those aspects alone depict the diversity existent in minority groups in the U.S.. The story and main characters have their own flavor and own way of thinking without taking away from overall themes. I also like the fact that Bri wants to be a rapper; she defies gender norms in her aspirations, and I love that. Overall, the book is definitely unique in its writing.

Jan 26, 2020

This is a story rich in characters and the exploration of a teenager finding herself, her community and her journey. I enjoyed Thomas’ ability to develop many characters and a storyline that kept me wanting to turn the page and know more.

Oct 31, 2019

Enjoyable, even if the characters were too deeply flawed to like. Looking forward to Angie Thomas' next. Her voice and stories are raw and reach across any demographic lines.

Sep 04, 2019

I actually really liked this book, but the reason I'm going to say this book is "JUST OKAY," is because it took me around three fourths of this book, to actually decide that I liked this novel. If this book wasn't required reading for me, I probably wouldn't have finished it... Angie Thomas spent a lot of this book hyping up the plot lines, and eventually towards the end all the pieces come together, but this book was just a little too slow for me. Also I will say that this book was really hard for me to relate to because the main character Bri is an aspiring Rap artist. There were A LOT of Rap song references throughout the Novel... In all honesty I just didn't get all of the references. There was a particular scene where Bri is involved in a rap battle and in this battle Angie Thomas kept referring to beats from other rap songs to use as her back drop for the battle. I didn't have a clue what Angie Thomas was talking about! I mean I could have looked up a couple of music videos on YouTube in order to get the references... but I'm just too lazy to do that. I probably only got 1 reference out of the like 20 references she uses through out this novel... I want to say this is still a good book and that it had A LOT more going on, then just Bri pursuing a career as a female rapper. For example there is high school drama, a really cute love interest, and a lot about her family dynamic, which was all really interesting. This book is really good, it's just not going to be a book everybody can relate to easily, especially if your not really that into rap. Lets just say the rap career was the least interesting thing in this novel, I personally found all the "side plot lines" much more entertaining. Also I think if I had listened to the Audio Book version, instead of reading the physical book, I probably would have had a better experience with this book.

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I sound as small as I feel. This is my mom telling me Daddy left us to go to heaven. This is her backing out of the driveway, even as I scream for her not to leave me. Nobody ever realized they took part of me with them.

Mar 14, 2020

“There's only so much you can take being described as somebody you're not.”

Mar 18, 2019

"I'm starting to think that it doesn't matter what I do. I'll still be whatever people think I am." Bri Jackson.


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