Blurb 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.
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.
OH MY GOD I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WOULD NEVER END!!!
Felt like crying when I saw there was an epilogue because I just needed it to be over already!!!!!!
This was overwrought, insanely drawn out, laden with stereotypical characters rather than characters that felt visceral in any shape or form.
The writing was sub-par, the plot was borderline nonexistent, the side characters were bland and interchangeable and I couldn’t cope with the stupidity that the MC Bri frequently displayed. She was such an irritating character with how she basically disrespected her mother and brother at every opportunity which could have made for an interesting person to read about…
But frankly she just annoyed me too much to even value those attributes of hers and consider her an interestingly flawed lead character.
Such a disappointment after the powerful character that was Starr in THUG and especially when this book had such an important message about the disgusting racial discrimination shown to black and latinx teenagers by authority figures.
But sadly that message got lost amidst the less than mediocre writing. Nope. This wasn’t at all to my liking.
The one positive aspect was the inclusion of Bri’s raps.
Typically I hate when books include lyrics of songs, poetry etc etc that are supposedly written by one or more of the characters in the book but this was an example of when the rap lyrics were truly much more powerful than anything else said in this book. I was firmly able to believe in Bri’s talents and really wished that the emotion of these raps was more evident in the rest of the novel.
So I’ll give an extra star for them and say two stars overall….
An hour and a half later…. nope. I’m bitter. One star it is OOOPS!!!!!!!!!