On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Having eagerly devoured Angie Thomas’ massive first hit The Hate U Give, I couldn’t wait to do the same with the sophomore effort, On the Come Up. I am happy to say it does not disappoint. While The Hate U Give tackled systemic police violence against people of color, On the Come Up confronts another prevalent problem: abject poverty and the threat of homelessness. Our hero, 16 year old Bri, is a wannabe rapper, just like her slain father was. But there are so many things in the way of her dream: her once drug-addicted now sober mother, an aunt who brings with her the threat of gang violence, and a manager who wants her to “play up” the stereotype of a “hoodlum.” Watching Bri struggle and ultimately find her voice is nothing short of elation. This is writing at its finest!

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC THOMAS)

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