On the Come Up
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
The YA love letter to hip-hop—streaming on Paramount+ September 23, 2022! Starring Sanaa Lathan (in her directorial debut), Jamila C. Gray, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Method Man, Mike Epps, GaTa (Davionte Ganter), Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Titus Makin Jr., and Michael Anthony Cooper Jr.#1 New York Times bestseller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor BookThis digital edition contains a letter from the author, deleted scenes, a picture of the author as a teen rapper, an annotated playlist, Angie’s top 5 MCs, an annotated rap, illustrated quotes from the book, and an excerpt from Concrete Rose, Angie's return to Garden Heights.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.“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 ReviewPlus don't miss Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas's powerful prequel to her phenomenal bestseller, The Hate U Give!
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"<strong>Truly Mesmerizing</strong><br/><br/>When I first picked up this book, I didn't realize what I was getting myself into. What I mean by this is that it covers topics that hadn't necessarily occurred to me, much less led me to think in full detail about the world around me and the type of neighborhood I live in. No, I don't live the same life Bri does. And no, I don't fear the same things Bri fears. Yet at the same time, Angie Thomas managed to make the character of Brianna Jackson, relatable to me. As someone who reads books for pleasure as well as looking at a story from an author's point of view, this book was amazing. <br/><br/>When it comes to the age range that I would recommend this book to, I'd say from about 13+. It covers subjects that to some people may be unsettling such as gun violence and drugs. In that sense I think the way the reader deals with these subjects (if it stresses them out for example) should be taken into account before reading this book. <br/><br/>For me at least, I absolutely loved this book and I think it was very motivational and interesting as, like I mentioned, I live a very different life than the main character. It was great for me to get to see the world from a new perspective. Angie Thomas did a phenomenal job in this beautifully constructed novel."