On The Come Up Book Review

On The Come UP

5 out of 5 stars

I read The Hate U Give a while ago so when I saw that Angie Thomas had come out with a new book I knew I had to read it. I’ll admit that it did take me a while to pick this book up and that was mostly because it took me a month to get through The Hate U Give. I didn’t really want to pick up a book that was going to take me the same amount of time as that one did. I am glad that I finally decided to pick this book up though and give it a try.

Now it isn’t that these books take long because they are difficult to get through or I don’t enjoy them but the subject matter that they cover is heavy. I take a while to read her books because I want to take everything in and really see things rather than brush past them. I think that when books are discussing heavy topics you owe it to the author to spend some time thinking about the things that are brought up in their books.

On The Come Up is about a young girl, Bri, who is an aspiring rapper like her father who died before he made it big. Bri lives in Garden __ but goes to school in a different neighborhood. She lives with her mother, a former drug addict, and her brother but they are struggling to pay the rent and keep food on the table. Bri is hoping that her rapping career will take off and she can help her family escape poverty and the neighborhood. Unfortunately being successful may come at a cost to Bri and she might have to change who she is to fit the public’s image of her. Will she do that?

I think something I found hard about this book was watching Bri struggle through everything. She wants to succeed so much to be able to save her family and it was so hard to watch others take advantage of that. While I found it hard to read those parts I thought they were good and very realistic and that’s what I love about Angie Thomas’s books. I love how she’s real with you and while this book is set in the same place as The Hate U Give it is a different story. You see two different girls growing up in different circumstances and how that affects their lives.

I love the way Thomas writes each of her characters including minor characters. Each of the characters that are introduced throughout the book develop even if it’s only by a little bit. I love how they develop through interactions with each other and how much Bri develops not only due to positive things but negative things that happen to her.

Something that I wasn’t fond of was the amount of questions that this book left me with. I want to know so much about what happens next and hope that there is a sequel to this book. The questions didn’t make me like the book any less though it just made me disappointed that they weren’t answered and longing for more.

I found it hard to write a review on this book because I have nothing to critique and no words to say how beautifully written I find this piece.

About the Book: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

About the Author: Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

About the Book and About the Author are borrowed from Goodreads.

You can find this book on Amazon or look for it at your local library.

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