On the Come up

On the Come up

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062498564
Characteristics: 447 pages ;,22 cm

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EljayJohnson
Jul 07, 2019

When you write something as seminal as The Hate U Give, how do you follow it up? I don't envy Thomas having that pressure, but she met it head-on and did very well. I think this is better-written and more complex than THUG; Thomas' already great skills have only improved. This is the story of Bri, a 16-year old rapper who begins to make a name for herself. She is desperate to make it big, for the fame, sure, but even more to rescue her family from poverty and to enable her beloved aunt to leave the gang/drug dealing life. Bri faces challenges and choices and often, infuriatingly, inevitably, makes the poorest choice possible. Bri is often unlikable and exasperating and downright rude, but she is a fascinating, fully realized human whose voice I won't get out of my head anytime soon. This didn't have the breathtaking heart of THUG for me and sometimes the music biz stuff left me cold, but it's a great read and Thomas is an exciting writer. Can't wait to see what she'll serve up next.

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KatG1983
Jul 04, 2019

Lacking the emotional heft of The Hate U Give, I found that I didn't care as much about the characters in this particular book. It felt bloated, and like it could have used a better editor - I don't really see a need for this book to be nearly 500 pages. Still, Thomas is a good writer and this is a perfectly good read, you'll likely enjoy it - though you might find yourself skimming parts.

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Linyarai
May 28, 2019

I found the character to be a bit abrasive, but the book was interesting enough and flowed so fast I finished it in an entire day.

Chapel_Hill_MegM May 26, 2019

After The Hate U Give, I had high hopes for On the Come Up, and I wasn't disappointed. The best part of this book is the character development of Bri as the book goes on. I also think this story has a strong message about the stereotype threat that some folks face and Bri navigates this as well as any teen could. Definitely read this book.

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kljones85
May 14, 2019

A successful sophomore novel taking place in and around Garden Heights, following the events of Thomas' debut "The Hate U Give." The story was just as realistic as THUG but left a little something to be desired in character development and story closure. It took me a while to get really vested in the character's stories and by the time I did, there were so many things not tied up in the ending that I just closed the book with so many questions still lingering. I hope that Thomas continues to write books centered around this geographic area with different characters as the focus as I really enjoyed that part of the story, and I think the unanswered questions left her could be answered in a nod to these characters from another book.

On the Come Up was just a fiercely written, and blew me away just as I thought it would. The Hate U Give is a tough act to follow, but Angie Thomas developed Bri, our main character just as deeply and thoroughly as Starr, and the setting remains in Garden Heights, so you have a familiar feeling of where you are. Bri is an up and coming rapper, who is following in the footsteps of her late father. She finds herself in the middle of a war she didn't want or intend to be in the middle of, and has to decide if she falls into the stereotypes the world wants to claim her as, or if she reveals who true self and takes the chance of losing her path to money, fame, and fortune.

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JacquelynBibb
May 02, 2019

See, I really wanted to love this book like Angie Thomas’s debut, but I couldn’t. This story was interesting but lacked some things. Maybe it was just too predictable, or I just couldn’t get through to any characters, but I only thought of it as okay. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth the read because Angie is a amazing writer, and I don’t encourage anyone to miss out, so please enjoy this wonderful story and make your own opinions.

VaughanPLKim Apr 25, 2019

Angie Thomas's follow-up to The Hate You Give is about Bri, who is trying to follow in her late father's footsteps by making a name for herself as a rapper. Bri also hopes to make money to help her struggling single mom pay the bills. When Bri is unfairly targeted by security and her school, the song she writes in response goes viral for all the wrong reasons. The media tries to paint her as something she's not, and Bri makes some impulsive reactions that don't help her case. She also faces pressure to portray herself in a stereotypical way in order to get a record deal. Ultimately, Bri must figure out who she is and who she wants to be. Much like The Hate You Give, this book is timely and authentically captures Bri's voice. A must-read for fans of Thomas and of rap music.

HerrickDL_Hannah Apr 17, 2019

Direct and thought-provoking with complex, flawed, and intriguing characters.
Makes you consider the power of labels we thoughtlessly assume for others, why, and the labels we mistakenly accept for ourselves.

Tigard_LisaE Apr 13, 2019

Bri, a Garden Heights teen (the same neighborhood that grieved and rioted after the murder of Khalil in The Hate U Give) is determined to turn her rapping skills into a career, and she has to do it fast in order to rescue her family from poverty, an added pressure she's placed on herself. After she is assaulted by her school's security team, Bri has to decide whether to release footage of the incident. This part of the plot felt both recycled and not deeply explored. Mush like Starr, Bri has to figure out how to control public perceptions of the attack, because the media fails to portray the reality, and racist assumptions override the truth. However, Bri's rash decisions are incredibly frustrating, the pace of the plot is uneven as huge events will occur with weirdly delayed consequences, and the principal conflicts resolve too neatly to feel authentic. The book is at it's best when Brie is writing, rapping, and waxing rhapsodic about hip hop.

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jpainter 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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