*Review* On the Come Up- Angie Thomas

35068618     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.

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.

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My Review:

“I lost my cool so bad that I’ve lost more than I realize. I’m lost. I’m so lost that I’m exhausted from trying to find my way.”

The Hate U Give is one of my all time favorite books and I couldn’t recommend it enough. When she announced that a second book was on the way, I was stoked and couldn’t wait for Bri’s story. It pains me to say this but this was hyped too much and this didn’t hit me the way THUG did. I remember being emotionally crushed after reading that and this one just left me content.

It took me a lot longer to connect with the characters in this book than with her first. Bri’s character didn’t have that emotional attachment like Starr did. Plus I was flabbergasted at how Bri treated and disobeyed her family. I would have gotten the shoe if I did something like that.

Angie hits a lot of strong subjects in this book. It makes some references to the first book and it leads to larger problems at the school. Scenes will leave you shocked because this actually happens in the real world as people turn a blind eye to it. This will make you open your eyes and look at things differently. We need to support one another and not let these people of hate get away with it. 

 

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*The Page 69 Test* On The Come Up- Angie Thomas

The Page 69 Test    My co-bloggers and I have started a new weekly blog post: The Page 69 Test! Have you heard of the page 69 test? If not, it’s basically where you read page 69 of a book you think you will like. If you liked reading page 69, chances are you will enjoy reading the rest of the book.

Instead of posting the full page, we will be posting the first 10-20 lines of that page, starting with the first full sentence.

This week I decided to give everyone a sneak peek of one of the most anticipated reads of 2019. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. Her first novel, The Hate U Give blew all of us away and now we all must wait until February for Bri to enter all of our worlds. But today you are getting a special glimpse at this book.

Enjoy!!

“She glances over at me. You okay, Bookie?

     According to Granddaddy, Jackson’s don’t cry- we suck it up and deal with it. Doesn’t matter how much my eyes burn. 

I didn’t do anything wrong. 

No, you didn’t, Jay says. You had every right to keep your backpack. But Bri… Promise me, if that ever happens again, you’ll do what they tell you to do.

What?

Bad things can happen, baby. People like that sometimes abuse their power.

So, I don’t have any power? 

You have more power than you know. But it’s moments like that, I— She swallows. I need you to act as if you don’t have any. Once you’re safely out of the situation, then we’ll handle it. But I need you safely out of the situation. Okay?

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The Hate You Give- Angie Thomas 

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”


This book is the voice of our generation. Use your words as weapons and don’t let up until your voice is heard. This book will be the most important book you’ll ever read and will stand the test of time. 

We all know what was going to happen to Khalil but I still was shocked, it still gave me goosebumps, I still felt hatred towards people who are supposed to protect us and I still had tears in my eyes. Heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and brutally honest. This will be an instant classic. We will be linking hands and hearts and rallying with Starr for justice. 
Starr has lived a rough life so far. Her dad was in jail for the first few years of her life, she witnessed the murder of her best friend as a child and grew up in the projects. Life hasn’t been glamorous but she pushes through. 

At a party, she meets up with her childhood friend Khalil, her first everything. Haven’t seen each other for awhile they catch up and gunshots ring out. Khalil trying to protect Starr, they get to his car and drive off. Taking her home and minding their own business, a cop pulls them over. Just asking the cop simple questions leads to Khalil being pulled out of the car and then the unthinkable. He was murdered right in front of Starr. She seen the light go out in his eyes and give up his life. 

Going back and forth with herself on what to do. With a good support team and a loving boyfriend, she decides to speak up and let people know what really happened on that dark day. Protests and riots go off through the city. We can only hope that Justice will be served to Khalil. 

This story is all to real in our lives nowadays. With Cops, who are here to protect and serve, getting trigger happy with unarmed poc. They judge and act before they even think. Which is absolutely disgusting. 
You want the truth? Read this! You want to cry ugly tears? Laugh a little and see people come together as one? This is the book for you. I believe that everyone should read this. The lovers, the haters, the big and the small. No matter who you are or where you come from. You must read this important book. 
As we sit here and see what cops get away with, we must come together. Love and protect one another. Support each other in time of need. Black Lives Do Matter!! 

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