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On the Come Up

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech - and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you. 

Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. 

And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

©2018 Angela Thomas (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Treasured Perspective

Thomas once again captures the reader’s attention with a perspective that we rarely get to hear from as a legitimate, complex, human character; the ‘young black girl from the hood’.

As the title suggests, ‘On the Come Up’ displays the heart-wrenching story of a struggling family who deal with financial, social and racial issues from seemingly every aspect of their lives, perservering through each to survive in a world that is seemingly pitted against them.

With similar themes to her previous work, ‘The Hate U Give’, this book provides a fresh story in the all too familiar world of Garden Heights, and remains as immersive and impressively relatable to anyone who has faced hardship in their family life. This is highly recommended for anyone who wants to gain a lot of perspective, or simply enjoy an empathetic story of dream-chasing.

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  • Leonie
  • 08-04-2019

WOW this book was amazing

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I really wish I could rate it more stars but I can't Man Bri was such a character boy! Thomas didn't disappoint us at all with the THUG and On The Come Up was so damn good that I didn't want this book to end at all the life of Bri was inspiring I really loved the narrator she did an amazing job, I didn't even know she could even rap that good I was literally blown away I couldn't put this down I wanted more but I'm not gonna spoil it for anyone but Please BUY THE BOOK OR THE AUDIOBOOK BECAUSE THIS WAS LIKE BAM!

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  • Moveazy
  • 06-07-2019

What a Story!

When I first saw the film The Hate You Give I was told about the book and how amazing it was so I thought to myself let me read The Come Up cause I’m sure it will as good maybe even better and I can say this book did not disappoint.

As a rap fan and a person who loves a good underdog story The Come Up has the perfect mix of both and the way Angie paints the picture of this world is amazing

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  • 31-03-2019

This Narrator is EVERYTHING

Brianna, Bri for short lives in a poor part of the neighbourhood, her family is poor and her single mother raised her and her brother after her father, who was a famous up-and-coming rapper was murdered, her mother has now lost her job.

Her auntie is part of a gang, and drugs and guns are pretty much every day things, but Bri doesn’t want to be part of this, her auntie is her music manager, not her life coach.

You see, Bri is a rapper, just like her father, and her dream is to make it big, so school isn’t a huge part of her life, but rapping, that is everything!

After finally getting her chance to perform her stuff at the local “ring” Bri nails-it, and makes a bit of a local name for herself, unfortunately for her, this isn’t always a good thing.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by the incredibly talented Bahni Turpin, this book is well worth a credit…..”But wait, does she rap?” OF COURSE SHE DOES, and she does it brilliantly

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  • TechHead
  • 21-03-2019

Great read for my daughters.

Great for my daughters. We read/listened together and all really enjoyed it. Were lucky enough to see Angie at Southbank as well

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  • Chocolate Girl Reads
  • 01-07-2019

"YOU CAN'T STOP ME, NO, NO"

Picked up this book after reading and enjoying 'The hate you give"- I recommend it.
The narrator does a brilliant job of bringing this book to life. I enjoyed the relatable aspect of some of the concepts and narrative brought to the story. This makes it easier to read, knowing it could be based on someone's story.

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  • Samsung Galaxy note $ pen
  • 14-05-2019

enjoyable and authentic

I loved the story. Feels like a sister novel to The Hate You Give, but chronicling another family's stuggle in the 'hood. The narrator helped to make each character come alive

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-2019

amazing

this book is actually amazing and what makes it better is that Bahni Turpin plays the part so perfectly and it’s just so good omg angie thomas is actually one of the best authors out there