This must-have Barnes & Noble exclusive edition is signed by the author and includes a bonus chapter and exclusive content!
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.
This must-have Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a bonus chapter and exclusive content from the author!
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.
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.41(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another fantastic, REAL story. Immediately captivating. I loved every emotional moment while reading.
I LOVE THIS BOOK
If you were expecting Angie Thomas to have "sophomore syndrome," you are sadly mistaken. On the Come Up is another hit! Bri's story wasn't an easy one to read, but definitely one I could relate to. This book shows the dedication, commitment, and just everything that both Bri and Angie embody. Bri and her family are going through so much. Bills are piling up, there's hardly any food, and it seems like its one thing after another. Since her father was killed before he made it, Bri is determined to become the next rap legend that her father never could. And with all the money problems her family is facing, it doesn't look like she has much of a choice. Just like with Thomas' first novel, the thing I loved most about this book was the family and friend relationships. They felt so real and so special. It was so weird that I related to them so much. It was such a real life look at Black families and the realness that they go through but how strong they have to remain to ensure their family stayed afloat. Thank you Angie Thomas for sharing this story with us. The ONLY issue I had was the plot. It kind of slowed a bit in the middle, but it picks right back up. To be honest, I don't think it's ever really an issue about the plot, it's just that she seems to be setting the tone for Bri's family and how desperate she was to find a way to help. Like she made a bit of the story about other things to make sure the reader knew that times were really dire. As for what the book is about, its definitely something that is relevant and moving and SO. REAL. I can't wait for all teens and adults alike to read this and get to see what its like to be on the other side of a situation like Bri's. The racial profiling is unfortunately common and I hope that everyone can see how these things affect teens and how they can help them fight these injustices. And last but not least, the hip hop part of this story. Which is undoubtedly the best part. I LOVED reading some of Angie's raps. I was so glad we got to see some of her raps in the book. And seeing the clips of it being performed on Instagram live was such a treat! I loved everything about this ode to hip-hop and I really hope the greats that are still alive to cherish it pick it up! (And I mean those with a record deal and those that battle rap....) Overall, I LOVED Bri and her story and it took A LOT for me to keep tearing myself away from her story. I hope this emotional story gets even more love than her first book, because it deserves all that and then some. And let's be honest, anything that is an ode to hip hop should own your heart without even having read a line....
Brilliant writing, just like the hate u give. I loved the character development, emotion, and bit a romance. I didn't doubt this book for a minute and neither should you!! If you like books like the hate u give, where society issues are confronted I highly recommend this one.