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In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.

Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph’s music lie forgotten under his bed after he’s murdered - not when his rhymes could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a party. 

With the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: the Architect. Soon, everyone wants a piece of him. When his demo catches the attention of a hotheaded music label rep, the trio must prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave. 

As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only, each has something to hide. With everything riding on Steph’s fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all they’ve worked so hard to hold on to - including each other.

©2019 Tiffany D. Jackson (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Ceez K.
  • 02-10-19

A Wonderful Experience.

I've always been turned off by audio books, but this? was enthralling, exciting and well-read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-19

great listen

jasmin narrator was mad cringey ... and the jamaican accent dwl .. other than that ... was great!!!

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  • Donna
  • 28-07-19

Wow Brooklyn

I love the message in this book. The characters are fresh, smart and an inspiration to our communities.

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  • dede watts
  • 18-06-19

The best from this author!

The story kept me engaged from beginning to end! I love how the lives of the characters intertwined seamlessly and rhythmically. I rooted for them, cried with them, and cheered them on. Can't wait to get my hands on more from this author!

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  • Rena
  • 30-05-19

Absolutely amazing

This is my new favorite book! soooo good!! The author is brilliant. I cannot wait for another one.

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  • rsb43
  • 21-03-21

Liked it

I typically read thrillers so this was different for me. I enjoyed it once the story got going. This is the second booked I’ve read from this author and I’d like to check out more. The narrators were great.

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  • Worldly Church Girl
  • 30-03-20

This book was dope!!!

I really don’t know what to expect when I purchase this book but I’m glad I did this book was dope!!!!

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  • M. McGregor
  • 08-10-21

Loved it!!

Funny and nostalgic. Took me all the way back to the music, the clothes and the people who were all the rage in the 90s. I loved how the story camw together when it was supposed to, and I love that it had a moral. Great listen!

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  • Keeynice
  • 01-10-21

Never disappointed with Tiffany!!

This was good. Tiffany has definitely found her voice in young adult lit. I enjoyed this not as much as Allegedly and Monday is Coming but this was good!! I didnt care for Adenrele Ojo. I heard her narrate other books and it always sounds like somebody just stole her bike and she's on the verge of a breakdown 🤦🏾‍♀️ overall worth the credit 😉

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  • Bee
  • 25-09-21

Fantastic

What a beautiful tribute to NY and to Hip Hop. The nostalgia for 90’s hip hop is real and her ode to NY is heartfelt. I was wary because I’m tired of reading and watching stories about black people that only include struggle. However, I feel like this story honored the reality of black people in the hood and the struggles they face, while not making the entire story about those struggles. The young people in this novel still experience universal struggles like young love, switching schools, worrying about college and unfortunately mourning the loss of a dear friend and trying to honor their memory.