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No. 1 New York Times bestseller
"[An] exuberant, exquisitely intimate novel." The New York Times
"Passionate and powerful." Metro
"Pure magic." The Observer
Movie rights sold to Fox 2000; George Tillman Jr. to direct
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.
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"Thomas, a former rapper herself, packs so much into these 448 pages, but they fly along with the agility of one of Bri's freestyles." * The Times, Children's Book of the Week * "There is no second-book syndrome here. Unflinching, honest and brimming with humanity, Thomas writes with confidence and conviction about kids seldom seen in literature... Bri's frustrated, angry lyrics are pure magic." * The Observer * "The phrase "voice of a generation" is surely one of the most overused in popular culture. Angie Thomas, however, is one of the rare authors for whom it rings true... Her second, On the Come Up, proves that success was no fluke." * i newspaper * "In her intensely powerful, deeply felt second novel, Thomas, a former rapper herself, demonstrates a ferocious, innovative gift; apparently without effort, she imbues words on a silent page with as much passionate, satirical life as if the reader is hearing Bri's tracks at first hand." * Times Literary Supplement * "[...] another intelligent, nuanced look at the struggles facing young black women." * Radio Times *