Book 33: On the Come Up

By: Angie Thomas


Plot (Goodreads Summary):

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.


Everyone knows “The Hate U Give”. People who don’t read know this book. I was interested in it but it wasn’t at the top of my list. “On the Come Up” however, this book was at the top of my list. Me, being the BookTube obsessed person I am, watched an wrap-up video. “On the Come Up” being one. I was told that there was a cute, small romance. That got me sold. Then I was told that if you get the audio version, Bahni Turpin raps to you when telling the story. That was a big bonus.

The rap: Angie Thomas presents these in such a way where I was ready to put them on my playlist. Every one of her songs were amazing and I go back in the audio so I can listen. I love all of the raps, but I specifically love the last Ring freestyle. It has everything I wanted to hear and it came from the heart while also not sounding cheesy.

I was telling to my mom about this book and I was talking to her about their living situation. In the beginning we are told that there is no gas for the house. My mom could relate. That hurt to hear. But Bri striving for something and reaching it really hit home. Bri is a junior and I am also rather young so Angie Thomas is a really big inspiration to me. I would love to reach my goals and Angie Thomas really made me believe I can.

And for the romance. Holy crap I was surprised. I thought she was going to end up with Malik but nope. I liked Curtis the moment he called Bri “princess”. She is by the way. She’s also a queen. This surprised me and Angie Thomas wrote it all out in an amazing way.

Blogger’s Note:

Second post of the day and it’s not even ten. I’m proud of me. I know this rather short but I am trying to cut back on my pages of thoughts. Unless it’s a rant review; which one will be coming soon. I mentioned this audiobook in my latest post: Top Five Audible Recs. I don’t really have a lot to say because I said almost everything in my last post. Go check it out because I have a lot of big and exciting news. Oh, and don’t call them dreams. Call them goals. A dream is something that you wake up from and isn’t a reality; it’s a fantasy that will most likely never happen. A goal is something you have to be determined to reach and is a possibility.

Love you all ♡

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