Hello bookish friends,
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighbourhood 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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In all honesty I picked up this book because I fell in love with The Hate U Give and Angie Thomas. I first had doubts about this book not being able to live up to the expectations and hype that was set for it. Although I was proved wrong, I loved the whole story being centred around Rap and the expectations people have from a rapper. Bri was such a strong main character and I loved the fact the story is within the same world as THUG. It would be interesting to see where both main characters end up within their respective paths to support the black lives matter movement. I need more time to think on if this book is better than THUG or whether just being in Angies world has made me love this book equally. I put it as a 4 stars for the moment but i may change it after my thoughts settle.
As always, happy reading