On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Published: February 5th, 2019

Pages: 447

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis: Bri’s passion is for rapping, and not just because her father was an up and coming rap star when he was killed. Times are tough for her family, so she tries to make her dream of rapping a reality in order to help them out.

Non-spoiler Review:

I had high hopes for this book after reading The Hate U Give and it really didn’t disappoint! In fact, I think I actually enjoyed this book more!

I like that the conflict in this story is a lot more internal. Bri is mostly trying to figure out what she thinks is right and what her values are. I loved seeing her work through situations while still trying to stay true to herself. I loved that she was trying to make her own name and reputation for herself even though everyone had preconceived notions about who she should be based on her father, skin color, gender, and neighborhood.

One of my absolute favorite parts of this book was Bri’s relationship with her family. It was an interesting family dynamic overall, but I thought it was just so realistic but wholesome. There were definitely problems between them, past and present, but at the end of the day, they all still loved each other and did what they could to help provide for the family. I especially loved Bri’s relationship with her brother. He was so supportive of everything she did and cared for her so deeply.

I don’t know anything about rapping or what it takes to become famous as a rapper, so it was so cool to learn about it through Bri. I listened to the audiobook, so it was super cool to actually hear Bri’s raps!

I thought the romance in this book was fine, but it didn’t really add anything to story for me (though it also didn’t detract at all).

I really loved this book, and I am looking forward to anything else that Angie Thomas writes!

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