On The Come Up | Angie Thomas | Review

“There’s only so much you can make being described as somebody you’re not.”





Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Its hard to get your come up, though, when you’re labeled “trouble” at school and your fridge at home is empty after you mom loses her job. But Bri’s success is all that stands between her family and homelessness, so she doesn’t just want to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming exactly what the public expects her to be.


On The Come Up is Angie Thomas’ second novel, THUG was one of my favourite reads of last year and I was worried that this wouldn’t live up the the first book. So basically it has been sat on my shelf since it was released because I couldn’t bring myself to read it. I do not know why I do this because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I love the social issues that Thomas tackles in her books. On The Come up addresses poverty, drug dealing, gun crime, racial stereotyping and police brutality. She is so delicate when tackling these topics whilst also ensuring that she does them complete justice, with added humour that as a reader I really appreciate.

This is such fast paced book that I devoured in one day. I just could not put it down once I started to read it. I loved Bri as a main character so much and I was routing for her throughout the book. I just wanted the best for her. I felt for her so much, she has been through so much throughout her short life but she handles herself with such grace most of the time I couldn’t help but be proud of her. Bri is such a raw character, there is so much pent up anger and emotion within her that we occasionally get a glimpse of in this book. You can’t blame her, she is such wonderful character.

“You’ll never silence me and you’ll never kill my dream, Just recognise when you say brilliant that you’re also saying Bri.”

Whilst discussing characters I also loved her brother, Trey. In fact I think he was my favourite character. He really made this book for me. He had also been through so much and subsequently had been forced to grow up much quicker than he needed to. He took this on with such strength that I admire him for. He was a constant support system for his mother and sister. He did everything for them and nothing for himself. I loved seeing the ending for him including the bonus chapter that was in my version of this book. I couldn’t have thought about such wonderful ending for such a wonderful character.

I did struggle with the language in this book sometimes and at times found it to be a bit heavy. Don’t get me wrong, it is me not the book, but I did find myself having to reread certain parts to make sure I understood. I think this is why I rated if 4 stars because at times I struggled to connect to the story because of this. I would love to see this on the big screen. I think it would be fantastic.

I 100% recommend that you read this book. I can’t wait to see what Angie Thomas has in store for us next.

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