Please excuse the fact that everything is backwards in my photo. I didn’t manage to catch it before I posted it. I also managed to leave this post in my queue and not post it, even though I finished On the Come Up a few days after it was released.
On the morning On the Come Up was released, I bought the audiobook before I left the house and proceeded to listen to it on my commute to and from work. I know it’s backwards, but I proceeded to purchase a hard copy when I got home from work. I finished the novel alternating back and forth between reading and listening as was convenient. This is the way I prefer to read.
Summary (from Goodreads) 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.
And so naturally, I have thoughts. Here are the ones I could fit on a sticky note. If you wanna talk about this one, feel free to leave me a comment.
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#bookaday On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. #snrtbs Oh, the multitudes of black experience even within one neighborhood. AT is a rock star. One of the things I love about Bri is that her intentions are so noble. It’s all about putting her family in a better situation. I felt both the strain and the love between mother and daughter, and friends, and siblings. They are all messy - which looks like life. I’m confident that there are teens out there who are going to find themselves in this book - those who are struggling with their inner angry black woman - and I hope they see their experiences are not just, and that they are not alone. #stickynotereview #stickynotereviews