"After an altercation with the security guards at school, Bri unloads her frustrations into a song. When she releases it online, it goes viral, many listeners praising the song yet misunderstanding the meaning behind her words. Bri now has to choose whether to clear up her message or play into the role, securing her way to the top. Once again Thomas brings us beautiful, effortless writing, and characters so well-rounded and real that they feel familiar and new all at the same time. I loved spending time inside Bri Jackson’s head. You get to witness her song lyrics come together, and really live with her struggles, aspirations, her deepest desires, and biggest fears. A great story about perseverance, loyalty, and courage, ON THE COME UP will be beloved by Thomas’s established fans and new readers."— Eugenia
“For her sophomore book, Thomas gives us a heroine — Brianne — who is struggling against both her family’s expectations as well as those of white people as she tries to make her way doing what she loves: rapping. We follow her through ups and downs as she navigates racism at her school and the expectations of black girls in the music world. Excellently written and incredibly unputdownable, you will cheer and cry as Bri makes her way!”
— Melissa Fox, Watermark Books & Cafe, Wichita, KS
This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her 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.
Brilliant, insightful, full of heart, this novel is another modern classic from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.