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On the Come Up

Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the number-one New York Times best-selling, award-winning The Hate U Give.

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape.

As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of Bri's life as beats and rhymes.

With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to make it.

©2018 Angela Thomas (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Katie - Audible
  • 05-02-19

Thomas and Turpin are my perfect pairing

Whenever an author has a brilliant debut (as Angie Thomas did with The Hate U Give—our 2017 Audiobook of the Year), I always have a bit of apprehension when approaching their sophomore effort. Thankfully, yet unsurprisingly, On the Come Up is every bit as searing and stunning as its predecessor. Thomas takes us back to the Garden where sixteen-year-old Bri is trying to make it as a rapper, while also navigating high school, a complex family life, and the lingering aftermath of the recent murder of a local high school student by a police officer (THUG fans—this will be the only nod you see to our other beloved Thomas characters).

The combination of Angie Thomas and Bahni Turpin is, quite frankly, genius. Hearing Turpin rap Thomas’ lyrics may be my favorite listening moment of all time. Turpin inhabits these characters, to the point that I visibly startled when she began to read the credits. I thought it was somebody else entirely.

Thomas doesn’t shy away from hard topics, while also masterfully maintaining the careless and sometimes selfish POV of a teenager. The friendships are authentic, the fears and dreams relatable, and the desire to be the person to make your family feel secure universal.

The novel is a cultural snapshot for 2019, and we’re only 36 days in. Brace yourselves listeners, this is the book I’m going to be recommending over and over again this year.

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  • Wendi
  • 12-02-19

Not as Good as 'The Hate U Give.'

I was eagerly awaiting 'On The Come Up' and listened to it every chance I got until it was finished. The story takes place in the same neighbourhood as 'The Hate U GIve' and even references the riots that happened there.

Bree is a sixteen year old aspiring rapper who does well at 'a battle.' However, her words are misconstrued. She quickly gets a following on the internet, and people are mistaking her words for her sounding like a 'thug' or 'hoodlum.' We hear and feel the struggles of families in the projects who face gangs and pressure to join gangs every day.

There are a few poignant lessons in Thomas' new novel but it didn't blow me away like 'The Hate U Give.' Definitely worth a credit and a listen though.

-Wendi

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  • tarafarah7: Tara Brown
  • 07-02-19

"You can't stop me on the come up!!"

Angie Thomas’ highly anticipated 2nd novel, On the Come Up, is every bit as brilliant as her best-selling, award-winning 1st novel, The Hate U Give. Influenced by events in her own life, Thomas focuses on themes such as poverty, racism, family, friends, chasing your dreams, standing up for what's right, and never giving up. Following in the footsteps of her late father, an underground rap legend, 16-year-old Bri has a big name to live up to. Battling issues at home, school, and around the neighborhood, does this aspiring rapper have what it takes to make it to the top, without losing herself in the process?


In addition to the intense and emotional storyline, Angie Thomas’ character development, use of dialogue, and real-life conflicts - both external and internal - make On the Come Up an engaging, page-turner for readers of all ages, genders, races, and backgrounds. People...the struggle is real, and Angie Thomas does an amazing job bringing this to life!! Set in Garden Heights, readers of T.H.U.G. will be immediately drawn in to the familiar surroundings. As a 20th year high school teacher of urban teens, I cannot even begin to explain how thankful I am for books like this one. Exposing my students to books with strong-minded, inspiring characters and settings that mirror their own lives, has not been an easy task over the years. If we want kids to become readers and lifelong learners, seeing a reflection of themselves, their families, and the places in which they live is a must! Without this, no connection can be made, no learning can take place, and no growth will occur. Thank you, Ms. Thomas, for recognizing this. Your writing, your characters, and the true-to-life events inspire kids everywhere and let them know they matter.


The audiobook narration by Bahni Turpin is excellent. Goosebumps!! Her performance in On the Come Up is equally outstanding to that of T.H.U.G. She masterfully gives a voice to each character and brings the text to life as the plot unfolds. And, yes, she raps!! If you have never listened to her perform as a narrator, you are missing out. She's the real deal, a sure thing, a must-listen! Bravo!


Without hesitation, I rate On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin 5 out of 5 stars across the board. The plot is engaging, the events and characters are real, and the message is inspiring. With the utmost confidence, I recommend this novel to everyone. Yes, everyone. From those who live a life of poverty to those with a dream, On the Come Up is a book that will stick with you for the long haul as you journey through life.


Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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  • k teed
  • 13-05-19

3.83 stars.....not as good as The Hate U Give

On the Come Up seems to be geared more towards teens than The Hate U Give. While both are considered YA, this one doesn't feel as relevant. The audiobook is good if you want something easy to listen to, and the narrator (Bahni Turpin) is good as always. The story is a bit predictable, but I'm not sure that matters all that much in a novel like this. It's not bad. Still a decent YA novel.

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  • Estelle C.
  • 06-02-19

Captivating from beginning to end

I didn’t want to stop listening. You are immersed into the story from the first words spoken. Enjoyable and a great listen. The reader did an excellent job with the characters. All around joy from start to finish.

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  • Nevada
  • 11-02-19

Another movie

So many life lessons. Many topics to discuss with your children. It truly takes a village.
Encourage communication with children, it makes for better adults.

waiting for the movie...

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  • heber
  • 06-02-19

Angie had done It again. this book is exciting

this book is exciting and fun with some twist and turns on the way.Garden Hights has my heart!

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  • Shamika Pratt
  • 28-04-19

The Ending....

I so wanted more, I’m hoping another book is coming to tell how Bri’s careers takes off and if they get the chain back? So many questions.

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  • Gecky Boz
  • 17-04-19

Phenomenal Flow

Angie Thomas has written another fantastic book. The story works extremely well as an audiobook especially the rap parts. The whole story and characters feel very timely. You'll definitely feel yourself drawn in and wanting to know what happens next.

Turpin the narrator really excells here too at bringing all these characters to life. I mostly listened while driving and it really brightens up a commute. I even found myself talking back to it at parts sayings things like oh no or don't do it and of course laughing at some very funny parts.

Bri's character and all her family and friends are really well done. The side characters along with the main all feel fully fleshed out. Her aspirations to become a star seem like they might just happen by the end of the book.

Story takes a look at how going viral can be good but also plenty of bad. Shines while reading/listening to Bri's journey and her figuring out who she is and who she wants to be.

Overall really make sure to check out On the Come Up because it's brilliant. :)

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  • Steve Bruitcher
  • 11-04-19

Excellent Work

I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down. There were points where I did feel like tearing up. I only took a star away for the performance because when the narrator used the NY term “dead ass”, she said it wrong. Definitely not enough NY confidence. But, that’s the only dislike I have. If you’ve read “the hate u give” and like it, you will love “on the come up”! Angie Thomas tops herself with this one!

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