MoPOP Book Club: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.
But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral ... for all the wrong reasons.
Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
ABOUT THE HOST — INDIA BRANTLEY
Hi! My name is India and I am the creator behind the “Life is a Page Turner” blog started a long time ago, and since then I’ve grown to social media and youtube as well. I started this solely to review books, and talk about books, and I still do a lot of that, but I’ve started adding some travel and hobby in there as well.
I chose the name Life is a Page Turner after being 90s Born Reader for so long because I felt that LIAPT meant a lot more to me, and could be interpreted by others a little bit better. To me LIAPT encompassed not only books but also life in general. It means to continue pushing and to see what comes next. Also there are many chapters in our lives (see what I did there ha!) and each one shapes who we are meant to be. I kept the tag line “Keep turning the pages” because sometimes I need that reminder when things get hard to keep turning the page to see what life has in store next. We all love the books with the happy endings.