On the Come Up

Sixteen-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper, finds herself stereotyped and depicted as a “hoodlum” following the release of her debut song, written in response to being assaulted by school security guards.

On the Come Up




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.

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New York Times

#1 Bestseller

New York Times

#1 Bestseller

American Library Association

The Amelia Bloomer Book List

Kirkus Prize

Nominee for Young Readers’ Literature

Goodreads Choice Awards

Nominee for Young Adult Fiction


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ISBN-10: 0062498568
ISBN-13: 978-0062498564
February 5th, 2019 by Balzer + Bray

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On the Come Up

Collector’s Edition

This collector’s edition of the acclaimed, bestselling novel contains a letter from the author, deleted scenes, a picture of the author as a teen rapper, an annotated playlist, Angie’s top 5 MCs, an annotated rap, illustrated quotes from the book, and an excerpt from Angie’s next novel.

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