On the Come Up
By Angie Thomas
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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.Tweet
We were asked to read this book as part of the Radio Two Book Club. Here are some of the words our members used to describe it. Fascinating, dramatic, balanced, full of energy, fiesta, passionate, witty, poetic, dark. Although aimed at young adults and our members knew very little about rap or hip hop everyone agreed it was a worthwhile read, a glimpse of a real life that lies behind the headlines that opened up many topics of discussion for the group.
Wow - I loved this book. So powerful, but also so fun and enjoyable. I defy you not to be trying to sing along as Bri raps the house down. Dare I say even better than The Hate U Give?