On the Come Up

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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least ge it out of her neighborhood one day. As fiancée of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri ’ s got big shoes to fill. But ow that her da 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 ake it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas ’ s omage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is retellin 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.
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447
Original Title of the Book
On the Come Up
Publication Date
Published February 5th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

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For me personally I am lookin to be fair to th book regardless of who wrote it and just because book is diverse does not ake it good.🌟 I loved THUG and I got both an E-book and a hardcover of thi ook, so you bet I was excited for this.

I understan writing a second book an be arder than the last one specially when it gets the recognition that Angie ’ s debut got ( A 100 weeks as a NYT Bestseller and most as# 1, that ’ s just crazy awesome) .🌟 I felt that the writing in this one was mediocre, I decide not have that feeling of wanting to read a book non-stop.

Another memoi was s bad but was no where as good as THUG for me personally.

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ANGIE THOMAS!!! I am definitely in love with your words.This story follows, Bri Jackson, who, like Starr from THUG, lives in the neighborhood of Garden Heights.

Bri 's mother, a recovering addict with over 5-years sobriety, is doing her best to be unable to provide for her children alone, but it 's tough.Bri has plans to follow in her ather 's footsteps and she decides to do it her own ay.

Troubles at school, troubles with bills, being behind in rent and she feels obligate to do anything to ake it different.I loved this story.

Bri was struggling with some heavy shit and she let it get the best of her sometimes but that happens when you hav a kid.I liked how his book relied on a myria of hard-hitting issues that can also be brushed over or ignored.

he reality of living in poverty is something that millions of Americans, and people around the world, deal with on a aily basis, and while it is n't pretty, it is mportant to shine light on and discuss.Examples: the fact that Bri 's mom as a recovering addict.

Another way Bri, and other black and brown kids, were treated at her colleg.

The lifestyle Bri 's aunt lives and how hat affects her entire family.

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I as n't sure how THUG could be topped, but Angie Thomas did that! I fell in love with his story, with Brianna, her friends and family and her love for music.

All those aspects were pretty much nailed and I ould n't fin enough once I bega reading.

Angie Thomas is so worth of the success she 's been getting for THUG!

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I did n't bother to sa everything about th ook, so I just got blind on it, knowing that the opportunit to not like it was almost inexistent.The way she puts on the paper problems like racism, drugs, poverty, police brutality against black people, and man things like his, is outstanding.

In this masterpiece, she shows us that black people have feelings too, particularly if they are drug dealers, rap artists or gang members.

We also can be drug dealers, gang members and what other bad things we put them on the corner for, just like them.

Because black people, no matter what, they stick and support their families, exactly how Angie shows us in her ook.

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I know, owever, it is this nove which shows that Thomas is a great poet, not just someone who can ride the wave of an important issue.Overall, people will probably like th nove ess than the author 's debut.

I 've lready seen some ( understandable) comments about how Bri was a tough character to like compared with Starr.

She considers giving up important parts of herself for a shot at fame and fortune.I can see why some people wo n't like her, but I actually kinda loved her.I felt every bit of her pain and nger as she watches her family scrape together to try to pay the bills, watches her aunt buried deep in the world of drug dealing, watches security at her school targeting black and Latinx students for searches, watches male rappers make sexist jokes or erase her name and voice because she is kitte.

And I liked how she urns to hip hop to make sense of her emotion, finding rhymes in her everyday life and spinning clever verses in her head.As someone who finds books about music a bit hit and miss, I have to think his one as a definite hit.

Th mix of music, family dynamics, fun dialogue, social media and activism, with rotagonist who is moody and difficult and everything I love to writ about.

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