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On the Come Up Kindle Edition
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★ “While acknowledging that society is quick to slap labels onto black teens, the author allows her heroine to stumble and fall before finding her footing and her voice. Thomas once again fearlessly speaks truth to power; a compelling coming-of-age story for all teens.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
★ “On the Come Up truly shines in its exploration of Bri’s resilience, determination, and pursuit of her dreams. In this splendid novel, showing many facets of the black identity and the black experience, Thomas gives readers another dynamic protagonist to root for.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))
★ “This honest and unflinching story of toil, tears, and triumph is a musical love letter that proves literary lightning does indeed strike twice. The rawness of Bri’s narrative demonstrates Thomas’ undeniable storytelling prowess. A joyous experience awaits. Read it. Learn it. Love it.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
★ “With sharp, even piercing, characterization, this indelible and intricate story of a young girl who is brilliant and sometimes reckless, who is deeply loved and rightfully angry at a world that reduces her to less than her big dreams call her to be, provides many pathways for readers.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri.” (New York Times Book Review )
“This book beckons young readers and music lovers alike with an homage to the forefathers of hip-hop that also assures the feminine voice is never dismissed from the cypher.” (Washington Post)
“On the Come Up offers a complicated, imperfect heroine who lives and breathes her truth on every page.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“On the Come Up is earnest and warm-hearted, a careful examination of social issues that’s built around an immensely endearing main character. It’s likely to assure Thomas’s continued and well-deserved dominance on the best-seller lists.” (Vox)
“Bri’s story is utterly compelling from first to last.” (USA Today) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0716GZWJJ
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (5 February 2019)
- Language: : English
- File size : 9437 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 452 pages
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I picked up On The Come Up because everyone was talking about how amazing Angie Thomas is as a writer and well, I just wanted to try her work for once. So when this book was up for grabs in my library, I quickly made a run for it. The book is basically about a sixteen year old who is trying to make it big in the music industry. She hasn't started yet, but she knows that is where her calling is. (Plus, her dad was one of the best rappers of his time before he was murdered, so that's a plus point.) Anyway, so when she is sixteen, she finally has her first big battle and guess what? It is wonderful! She wins! (Didn't have much doubt there, haha.)
Now the story line for this book was great. Bri has gone through so much already that all you can do by the end of it is feel sorry for her and love her for who she is. She is a rather open-mouth girl, and by open-mouth I mean, she literally says anything that comes to her mind. She is then, often sent to the principal's room for "aggressive behaviour". She is also from a very poor family. As in, once her father passed away, and her mother became a drug addict, there wasn't much way to earn money. More than once, they don't even have food to eat! I mean, that's just...sad, I guess.
So yeah, her life is pretty tragic but that isn't even the half of what the book is about. The book is about finding your own voice, of saying what you believe is right, and of trying to find this stupid racist system. As someone who has been a victim of racism myself, I guess I can sympathise with her on that front.
However, Bri was also a character with a lot of "complications", if I may say so. Throughout the course of the novel, she is shown to us as a "sassy" girl, someone who has sarcastic comebacks for almost everything. Now I generally like that in the characters but there was just this thing about Bri that really irked me. She was sassy, yes. But there were so many times when she was just too sarcastic, you know? Like, she would give sarcastic comebacks when there would be a serious conversation going. Sometimes, she would think these sarcastic things and it sort of irritated me. I mean, her sarcasm felt forced. Irritating. Not real.
And it irked me a lot. See, it's like, I love it when a character makes me feel sympathetic toward her/him. I mean, she is going through so much, how can I not sympathise with her and love her for the way she is fighting? But when the said character tries to be "over smart" than everyone else, well, then it creates a lot of trouble. I hate such characters and can never relate with them. Plus, throughout, it felt like some of the characters weren't developed AT ALL. I mean, how did Bri even get in her relationship? And what was up with Malik and Sunny? Didn't make sense. Nope, none.
This is exactly why, even though I loved the story, I'm taking away that one star. Poor character development accounts for something, I believe.
The situations in the story are quite realistic with amazing, convincing characters. The perfect balance in handling grief, romance, hurt and uncertainty worked so well.
I just love the solid family and friendship bond representation.
I mean WOW. The best part? The humour here and there out of nowhere!
I love the characters so much! The side characters. The family vibes. The friendship. The relationships. And, wow, I didn't expect the serious issues of racism and discrimination, police brutality, addiction and recovering, poverty and hunger, social media and news hype, LGBTQIAP and coming out could be handled so well!
Damn right. This book needs more hype like the first book!
God, this book is so damn good!
Young adult done right!
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So let's start with a spoiler-free overview. Teenage Bri (pronounced 'Bree' and short for Brianna) is an aspiring rapper. Her family is falling on hard times, and her rapping success may be the only way forward. On the Come Up follows Bri's story as she navigates prejudice, hip-hop, relationships and dreams.
What I really liked about this was the richness of culture that continued from The Hate U Give. Garden Heights feels like a real place, and the characters are completely believable. In this novel, the cast of characters was more diverse, with more LGBTQ+ representation, which I appreciated... in theory (more on this later). Also, had this book been written by a different author, the hip-hop included could have been really jarring – not that I know anything whatsoever about hip-hop. However, Thomas has experience in this area and it worked perfectly. And yes, it is certainly appropriate for hip-hop novices like myself. Oh, and one last thing: as a geek myself I did smile a lot at the Star Wars references, though I can see how they'd be annoying (and I really need to see Black Panther! Now!).
Okay, now for the negatives... To be entirely honest, I felt the plot was a bit non-existent. It didn't seem to have much in terms of structure, and as I was reading I felt myself thinking 'ohh, this was written so this would happen, and then this could happen'. Basically, I wasn't immersed in the plot so it felt a bit orchestrated.
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Sonny's plot line! Argh! I was really on board with this, with the reference to reading Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli - which is great, by the way - but it spiralled until it felt like Thomas had included a sub-plot that was basically Simon Vs. but really not as good. I felt like Albertalli practically deserved crediting for it. (I know Thomas and Albertalli are friends, but even so.) Sonny and Miles deserved better... they're kinda cute together as well?? It was really obvious that Miles was Rapid, but that's not really the point. So I didn't like that rep. And what about Aunt Pooh? I mean, can you really write a book with so much emphasis on discrimination and not explore the queer black woman's story even a little? I swear her girlfriend just vanished with a couple of slapdash excuses. Honestly, most of the LGBTQ+ rep in this seemed like it was thrown in 'because I'm so diverse!'. That was super annoying.
Talking of relationships, I honestly did feel a bit 'Argh!' about Bri's romantic plot, too. I read another review which said it got in the way a bit, and I have to agree. Malik himself seemed a bit bland, come to think of it, actually. We never really understood what made him so great, which did make Bri/Curtis very obvious.
And Aunt Pooh again! I really, really liked her so I hate to say this... but the whole going to prison plot did come across as a bit unnecessary for the story? Like, what was the point of including it? I'm up for debate on this, though.
Okay, last thing. The ending. Would Bri's grandparents really have had such a speedy change of heart? What on earth brought that on? That seemed extremely out of character. Gah.
So yeah. I felt a bit let down by On the Come Up, sadly. I loved the setting, I liked Bri, I liked her family (though it wasn't anything like the loveable awesomeness of Starr's family in The Hate U Give), I liked the hip-hop and learning about something I had no clue about before. I just didn't like some of the other stuff at all. If you read this after The Hate U Give, I would warn you that you may be disappointed, though, as I said, comparison is a little unfair. But then again, it's still worth a read, probably. Yeah, it swears, and yeah, there is stuff about drugs and gangs, but seriously, that's life for some people, so please don't not read because of that. I'd say it's suitable 12+ if you're a relatively mature reader.
Oh, and like the true geek I am, I'm ending with a Hamilton quote to sum up my thoughts: you could've done so much more if you only had time...
The main character (Bri) stands up for herself and I think it is a very inspirational book.
Also like The Hate You Give
Just proves when the odds are against you, sticking at what you believe in will take you very far.