On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
Borrow or Buy: Buy
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are 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 -GoodReads
On The Come Up (OTCU) is Angie Thomas follow up to her astonishing debut novel, The Hate U Give. OTCU is a relatable story for many readers, especially black families. To avoid spoilers, I won’t mention all the struggles that Bri and her family experience, but I have experienced similar situations and to have a book show such things makes you feel less alone. We see Bri throughout the book trying to “make it”, so her family can be okay and although she is trying to make it as a rapper, there are young women and men just like her who are trying to make it either as a rapper, basketball player, accountant, stylist, nurse, lawyers or engineer and that is why this book will resonate with a lot of people. The songs included reminded me of when rappers actually stood for something and it felt like an ode.
Many readers have compared OTCU to T.H.U.G and I believe that’s not fair. T.H.U.G was a completely different story while OTCU pays homage to Angie Thomas love for rapping, the black culture and day to day struggle of an average black family. Both books has a strong plotline and shows that Thomas isnt afraid to speak her mind on concerning matters.
Bri was a character was lively and although her decision making skills needed more work, it added to the overall coming of age story line. There were alot of likeable characters that different people will relate to.
A great read and looking forward to her next release !
Leave a comment if you’re going to read or what you think of the book!
Happy Book Day!!
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Publisher: Harper Collins
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Both are Co Executive Assistant to a publishing company Co Ceo and now must complete for a promotion. Lucy cannot understand Joshua’s joyless uptight attitude and he is baffled with her bright and always helpful attitude. As they both continue to play their games, they realize there is something building between them, but is that another game they’re playing? And who will come out victorious?
Looking for a cute, fast and easy to read RomCom? The Hating Game delivers. I enjoyed the banter between Lucy and Joshua, the games were fun to read through and interesting to see how they both soften towards each other.
I liked how it took placed within a publishing company, I’m a sucker for character who love and breathe books. The tension between Josh and Lucy was funny and felt very real as I read it. Their relationship evolved gradually and with the usual bumps and glides that an authentic one usually has. Love them.
Lucy was a semi-likeable character. I found her somewhat annoying in some scenes but she grew on me towards the end of the book as she became more assured of herself. Love a great character ARC. Makes the book feel more real and true.
Overall, The Hating Game was a sweet read and great debut for the author!
You can buy or Borrow, but totally recommend of you’re in the mood for a light read.
With Love, 💛💛
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Dimple is a coder. She has plans to win first place at Insomnia Con and win first place then go on to college. Her plans doesn’t include a boyfriend. Rishi is also going to the Con, but he is only going to meet and get to know Dimple, because their family wants both of them to get married after college. Only problem is, Dimple is not aware of the arrangement. So what happens when Dimple finds out why Rishi is at the program and what does that mean for what she wants for herself?
When Dimple met Rishi is one of the cutest YA books I’ve read. I enjoyed reading about India and the culture, how much Dimple loved to stand up for the people she cared for, how supportive the parents were, the strong female friendship and all the technology and art details involved in the book.
I thought Rishi was a perfect complement to Dimple. He supported her dreams and I believe this is very important in relationships. I also enjoyed how Menon wrote about the struggles of trying to be independent and having a relationship. They are not mutually exclusive no matter what society says.
I wished for more scenes of Dimple and Rishi working on their project together. I think the romance kind of took away from that, but overall it was a fun read.
I’d recommend the book to other readers.
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
Publisher: Viking Books
Buy or Borrow: Buy
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare. – First to Read.
As a person who rarely reads spy, crime or mystery novels, this was a great choice.
Matt Killeen created a world that was intense and eye opening about the time in history no one can ever forget, WWII. He put in time to display alot of history that happened throughout the book. Although you’ll find certain parts a tad bit slow, it’s was overall a fast read.
Sarah was a strong, sharp and refreshing female protagonist. Honestly, she was the best part of this novel. She molded herself to get her job done and proved many times that she should not be underestimated. Her struggle to figure things out and not get caught will have you rooting for her! There are several characters that you would never forget as well.
It became very hard to keep reading and finding out how much crazier the world around war truly can be as I made my way toward the end of the novel . It was sometimes difficult to read through some scenes, but it paid off. I think the book may have a sequel as we’re left with some questions that I need the author to answer!
I’d recommend this book to the older teens (>16) even though it’s YA.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review .
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Alosa is back on the hunt to find the last map that will help the Pirate King locate Isla de Canta : the sirens island which is full of treasures. After retrieving the map, Alosa discovers that her father has not been truthful about alot of things in her life. Alosa must decide on how best to deal with her father, find the treasures and most importantly, reconcile with who she truly is, the Siren Queen’s daughter.
With school and exams looming, I went through two sleepless nights to finish DotSQ and it was absolutely worth it!
We immediately pick up from the ending of DotPK (check out my review of DotPK ) and learn more about Alosa, Riden, her parents and how protective and smart Alosa is. Levenseller whipped a fast paced adventure that keeps you on edge, looking forward to the next scene.
One of the many things I loved about this book was how it depicted Alosa. She was strong in the face of danger yet vulnerable when she discovered some personal and hurtful things. She held her mostly female crew to high standards and earned their respect from the very young to the oldest. Her leadership skills were unmatched and she was willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her crew on several occasions.
I enjoyed every part of this novel because although it’s a fantasy adventure, you find alot of realistic moments that makes you feel connected to each characters.
DotSQ will join my very limited list of favorite fantasy novels and I’ll absolutely recommend you read the series.
ARC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
what are you currently reading and is it moving you ?
I’m reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and imagining all the scenes in my head and I’m so happy about the increase in diversity in the book world.
I mean, growing up, I read alot of books but I’m sure if I kept a list of them, I can probably count how many had a POC or diverse main characters or relatable social stories.
So, here is to more positivity and acknowledging that the world is full of different people who will like to be represented 🖐🏾🖐🏼
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Synopsis: “How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person” Shonda Rhimes takes us behind the scenes of her very personal life and how some muttered words from her sister became a challenge that changed Shonda’s life : “You never say yes to anything”.
I bought this book out of the need to just try something different from my usual pile of YA fiction. And I thought, “oh Shonda Rhimes, I’ve heard of you and this sound interesting”.
You see, I’m one of those people who is aware of their flaws, but I tell myself, as long as I know them, I’m half way there. BUT I rarely do anything to improve on them and that is why Year of Yes was an eye-opener.
Year of Yes touches upon how Rhimes must accept herself for who she is because she has worked hard for it, how to enjoy the moments in life, how hard it truly is for women to juggle family and career, how to accept the hardest challenges we think is in our way and many more life fulling topics. She doesn’t shy away from painting the truth behind why she started this journey and how hard every YES was to make.
Shonda Rhimes created a masterpiece that keeps you eager for her next reveal, almost like her TV shows, although I have only caught an episode, here and there.
I’d recommend this book to everyone out there. We can all learn one or two things from other peoples journey!