On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come up by Angie Thomas

4/5 Stars

On the Come Up
Cover of On the Come Up – Click to purchase book via Amazon (Audio book available via Audible).

Back Cover Copy:

“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.”

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I read the audiobook narrorated by Bahni Turpin. I really enjoyed the audiobook because it makes all the rap lyrics come to life! On The Come Up is a story of triumph through adversity. and prejudice. I really loved how Angie Thomas created a character in Bri that is relatable no matter what you’re going through in life. Keep going. Perservere, no matter what. I highly recommend this book!