On The Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

After loving Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, I was super excited to read her second novel. What I love about both of her books is the plot is so desperate, but you still manage to laugh out loud a lot. This is a compelling novel that I’ve waited to read for a long time. There’s not enough books with strong female black protagonists, on page gay representation, and real world problems. This is the book we need. The romance in on the come up is surprisingly good (I’m not a romance person, but actually liked this one).

16 year old Bri is a rapper, and wants not only fill the shoes of her dead father, but walk her own path. But everything is making it harder. Police are abusing her, accusing her of selling drugs when she isn’t. Her mom can’t seem to make enough money. And her first hit song is getting famous for all the wrong reasons. But she still has her rapping, and that can change the world.

“You’ll never silence me, you’ll never kill me dream.

Just recognize that when you’re saying brilliant, that you’re also saying Bri.”

On The Come Up, page 441.

Would definitely recommend this book. It was an emotional rollercoastar so prepare to cry and laugh. Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Or maybe you’ve read Angie Thomas’s other books? Let me know. Thanks for reading! Maeve, out.

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