On the Come Up
High school junior Brianna "Bri" Jackson is an aspiring MC working toward her dream of rap superstardom. When Bri enters the Ring for her first rap battle, she annihilates her competition. Her victory is short-lived, though, when she's assaulted the next day by the security guards at her school. While the video of Bri's performance in the Ring should be going viral, a video of her assault gains traction instead.
Coretta Scott King and Printz honoree Angie Thomas's second novel, On the Come Up, seems to be garnering as many accolades as her first, The Hate You Give: it's a Spring 2019 Kids' Indie Next Great Reads title, and was shortlisted for the U.K. and Ireland's Books Are My Bag Reader Award. Thomas's work is multifaceted and unusual; intimate details of life in an underserved and impoverished community are combined with the unjust social and physical brutalities those communities face at the hands of presumed protectors. This book gazes directly at the deeply emotional, moral challenges teens like Bri face when they are trying to come up. --Breanna J. McDaniel, freelance reviewer