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On the Come Up

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

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.

©2018 Angela Thomas (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
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WOW this book was amazing

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I really wish I could rate it more stars but I can't Man Bri was such a character boy! Thomas didn't disappoint us at all with the THUG and On The Come Up was so damn good that I didn't want this book to end at all the life of Bri was inspiring I really loved the narrator she did an amazing job, I didn't even know she could even rap that good I was literally blown away I couldn't put this down I wanted more but I'm not gonna spoil it for anyone but Please BUY THE BOOK OR THE AUDIOBOOK BECAUSE THIS WAS LIKE BAM!

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What a Story!

When I first saw the film The Hate You Give I was told about the book and how amazing it was so I thought to myself let me read The Come Up cause I’m sure it will as good maybe even better and I can say this book did not disappoint.

As a rap fan and a person who loves a good underdog story The Come Up has the perfect mix of both and the way Angie paints the picture of this world is amazing

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This Narrator is EVERYTHING

Brianna, Bri for short lives in a poor part of the neighbourhood, her family is poor and her single mother raised her and her brother after her father, who was a famous up-and-coming rapper was murdered, her mother has now lost her job.

Her auntie is part of a gang, and drugs and guns are pretty much every day things, but Bri doesn’t want to be part of this, her auntie is her music manager, not her life coach.

You see, Bri is a rapper, just like her father, and her dream is to make it big, so school isn’t a huge part of her life, but rapping, that is everything!

After finally getting her chance to perform her stuff at the local “ring” Bri nails-it, and makes a bit of a local name for herself, unfortunately for her, this isn’t always a good thing.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by the incredibly talented Bahni Turpin, this book is well worth a credit…..”But wait, does she rap?” OF COURSE SHE DOES, and she does it brilliantly

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Great read for my daughters.

Great for my daughters. We read/listened together and all really enjoyed it. Were lucky enough to see Angie at Southbank as well

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Good book

Good book that gives insight to the black lives matter movement in a way that everyone can understand and the book is still enjoyable. I would recommend it, the only thing that let's it down is that the narrator puts on a fake sounding slow sweet voice quite often which sounds like someone trying to be younger than they are which slightly takes my mind out of the book.

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Beautiful

The narration of the story grabs you and makes the story come to life. loved the essence of the story and the charaters.It gets emmotional at times. The ending leaves you wanting more.

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Fabulous

Loved it. Rich, insightful, engaging. A narrative that held me to the very end and characters that one invests in and cares about. Beautiful ly narrated to bring it to life.

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Loved it, so engaging to listen to

The voice acting was awesome, couldn’t fault it.
At times a difficult text to perform, with some parts requiring great timing and a lot of important tonality. Great job!

I’m an adult, and I believe this is “young adult”, I found the story engaging with a good pace to it. I liked and cared for the characters.

Just heard it’s being adapted for tv or movie too and I’m not surprised! A really enjoyable listen.

I definitely learnt a thing or two about GOATS (greatest of all time) hip hop performers, and I feel enriched from experiencing the text.

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Angie Thomas does it again

THUG was an amazing book, and On The Come Up is absolutely stunning. The characters are so strong, creating an immersive, well developed world you can just dive right into. The performance of this audiobook competes that, with the actresses performance bringing the story completely to life. Thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t recommend more. Definitely a must-read!!!

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Fab author

Great story kept me interested I fell in love with the characters.so realistic to real life situations that are going on in the black community in America. I love this author.