Simply Brilliant // ARC Review: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Title: On The Come Up
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: Febryary 7th 2019
Publisher: Walker Books
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: Penguin India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood 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. 
I LOVED The Hate U Give. It was probably one of my favourite contemporaries of 2017 because it made me think. It was real, unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I was crying by the time I reached the end. Angie Thomas is a gifted writer and she deserves every bit of the love that has come her way.

Which is why, when I received an advance copy On the Come Up on one of the last few days of 2018, (and I was not expecting it AT ALL) I actually screamed. To an empty room. Very loudly. And now, I’ve decided to tell the internet about it. Whoops?

I read On the Come Up in three days. At times, it was a hard book to read because of the reality of what teenagers with low income backgrounds, like Bri, have to face. At others, it inspired me, through Bri's dedication, spirit and her rap/lyrics that played an integral part in the book but most of all, it was a thought-provoking book about following your dreams, written with a heavy dose of reality and I loved it.

Seriously, if you loved The Hate U Give, you’ll love Angie Thomas’ sophomore novel as well.


THE LYRICS: Bri’s lyrics were BRILLIANT. I loved them, how she put them together and how Angie Thomas wrote it all. The part about ‘You can’t spell brilliant without bri’ was a TAD CHEESY, but in all that real-talk, I’ll take it.
THE FAMILY DYNAMIC: I loved how messy, complicated and loyal Bri’s family was to one another, especially at the end. It was a truly beautiful dynamic to read about.
THE FRIENDS: I quite loved Bri’s friends, and even Miles (without a Z) towards the end. They, just like her family, were fun, real and I loved that at the end, they were always there for each other.
THE BATTLES: I think the battles that Bri had, especially the first with Milez was SUCH BRILLIANT PLOTTING/ WRITING. I was GLUED to the page as they took place and found it hard to extract myself after.


It honestly felt like a lot of the dialogues were repeated across the book. There was a particular point when Bri was studying with a guy (that I will not name because SPOILERS) and both her mom and brother come in at different intervals and say something along the lines of “This isn’t studying, and I ain’t  got no time to be a grandmother/ uncle” and while I understand that it was meant to be funny, I found it a little repetitive.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? HECK YES. I absolutely loved reading every second of it and you should definitely dive into BOTH of Angie Thomas’ books if you haven’t already. 
Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.
Have you read The Hate U Give or On The Come Up?
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