Angie Thomas does it again!
While not as heavy in content as The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, is a realistic and insightful look into the life of an adolescent African American girl living in urban America.
Brianna wants nothing more than to Rap, and make her living by doing so. The daughter of a locally famous Rap artist, who was the casualty of a gang war, Brianna is determined to "not be about that life" while making her own Rap identity outside of her father's shadow.
Like all teenage girls, she has to worry about grades, SAT/ACT scores, and romantic relationships. However, Brianna also has worries that are far too heavy for such young shoulders. Her mother, being a widow and a recovering drug-addict, is struggling to support her family. Her brother has shelved his dreams of Grad School because he has had to take a job to help keep the family afloat. The utility bills have taken priority over groceries and hunger has become a real feeling.
How does a girl focus on her dreams when the rest of her world seems to be crumbling around her? The temptation to "sell-out" and become the "hoodlum" that record companies want young black artists to pretend to be is hard to resist when "real money" is the dangling carrot. Can Brianna stay true to herself when it seems the whole industry wants her to be someone she isn't?
This book exposes the stresses and fears that kids living in poverty-afflicted, high-crime areas have to endure. It also highlights the beauty that can come from struggle and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Bri's mantra says it all, "You can't stop me- nope nope."
5 out of 5 stars
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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