On the Come Up

On the Come Up

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Waterstones Children's Book Prize-winning author

New York Times #1 bestselling author

The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech - and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.

Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 309g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406372161
  • 9781406372168
  • 165

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"Impeccably plotted, with a multiple storylines woven to a pulse-pounding conclusion, this is an astoundingly affecting novel that shines a light on the struggles of young black women, and celebrates freedom of speech and making noise about who you are, as seen through unforgettable Bri, a 100% authentic character whom readers will root for, cry for, yell out loud for, and grin for joy with." * LoveReading4Kids * "In her intensely powerful, deeply felt second novel, Thomas, a former rapper herself, demonstrates a ferocious, innovative gift; apparently without effort, she imbues words on a silent page with as much passionate, satirical life as if the reader is hearing Bri's tracks at first hand." * Times Literary Supplement * "On The Come Up is that book; a must-read of the year. YA fiction at its very best, it speaks with a genuine voice. This book is real." * Fallen Star Stories * "At only thirty years old, Angie Thomas has already achieved much and seems bound to go on to more successes. Her writing seems bound to grip many young readers of every colour; their parents could also well find themselves drawn into it too." * Read for Keeps * "This makes On the Come Up sound worthy and heavy going, but it is actually joyous and very funny."
"It is also a celebration of African American cultural achievement in music, TV and film, bursting with references that feel like a gift to readers who don't usually see their lives represented in this way." * Patrice Lawrence, author of Orange Boy and Indigo Donut *
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About Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas is the author of the hugely critically acclaimed and bestselling The Hate U Give. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she is the recipient of a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. This is her second novel. You can find her on Twitter: @acthomasbooks or visit her website, angiethomas.com.
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Rating details

3,444 ratings
4.47 out of 5 stars
5 59% (2,018)
4 33% (1,152)
3 6% (208)
2 1% (35)
1 1% (31)
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