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!!
I’m starting my October Tbr list and the first book will be Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt.
Here is an synopsis from Simon and Schuster website.
“It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay,smolderingly sexy.
Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.
Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about his feelings.
Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating,terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…”
Can’t wait to dig in!
I’m going on a Mini Vacay tomorrow and super excited! I’ll share the books I’ll be bringing along tomorrow!
Happy Saturday guys!
I have my very small September reads🙈. This was probably my worst month of reading because I was so not prepared for the amount of work from school, my job and new changes that occurred this month.
I barely scratched the surface of my TBR list. I didn’t add #When with this pic cause that was a library borrow that has since been returned.
I promise to make it all up in October.
Here are my ratings of the books.
Shiny Broken Pieces: ❤❤❤❤❤
Chinua Achebe: ❤❤❤❤❤
When : ❤❤❤❤
The only review currently available on the blog is When, so please be patient with me as I try to finish up the others.
How was your September TBR list? Did you read any book you’ll love to recommend?
Please leave your comments down below.
When by Laurie
One Word: Intrigued
Maddie can see the death date of anyone she comes across; as long as she can see their forehead clearly. With her gift, she and her mother charges customers to have their death date read to earn extra income for their household. Maddie can only relay the date, she cannot tell how the person will die, why they are dying or where they are going to die.
When one customer disagrees with Maddie’s revelation, and her prediction comes true, Maddie falls under an intense FBI investigation for committing murder. The same thing happens again and the targets are teenagers around their community that Maddie have had interactions with indirectly. Her whole life is affected, including those around her when the investigation gets longer and harder. Maddie knows she must try to clear her name as well as those that are getting implicated to ensure that she doesn’t spend the rest of her life behind bars. Who is commiting the murder? Why are they implicating Maddie? Will she be successful in her pursuit to clear her name?
I was surprised with how fast I was hooked and affected by this book. I went into the book with reservations because I shy away from suspense novels, especially YA suspense but I was not disappointed. Maddie was a character you get to like alot because her struggles will affect you as well as those around her. She was vulnerable and strong in making sure she could prove her innocence.
This book lay on the suspense side more than romance with how very subtle the author placed Maddie’s crush on the back burner of the story and just popped up when absolutely necessary. Friendship is promoted as well and it was mainly a platonic male and female friendship that didn’t build into a romantic one. This type of messages are important for our teens who read because it shows that friendship can occur among boys and girls without it always leading to a relationship. Enjoyed the book and glad I didn’t judge it too early.
Check out When by V. Laurie if you haven’t!
School is back in session guys and I’m reading Things Fall Apart for my World Lit class. I came across this book many years ago (either 9th or 10th grade) and was amazed by it.
I will tell you the truth, there was many lessons I did not grasp at the time but its different now. I’m reading it as an adult, with a broader vision and looking for key information that the author places throughout this work of art.
I’m looking forward to discussion in class and maybe create one here later.
What do you think? Have you read?
Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
One Word: Lovely
Matt and Grace met during their senior year at NYU while Matt was moving into the senior dorms. They became “fast friends”. They played music, scored the scenes where food will be cheap or basically free, studied together and made plans for the future. But as Graduation came and left, Matt must leave for a Photography summer internship in South America with a promise to return to Grace in NY at the end of summer.With time, distance and events occurring, Matt and Grace missed their connection that summer. Fifteen years later, Matt see’s Grace on the subway and finds a way to meet up and catch up on the last fifteen years of their lives.
Matt is the ideal very thoughtful and strong character we all want in our life with flaws that we can definitely tolerate. Grace is beautifully caring as we see with her family and the sacrifices she made in her life. Both protagonists were very humanly and I believe thats why I love this story so much. We’ve seen a million missed connection books but this is not quite like the rest of them.
I loved Tati, Grace bestfriend, because she reminds me of a friend who will always be there for you and tell it like it is. Those are the only ones we should keep around anyway!
I loved everything about this book. I was emotionally invested in the characters, the scenes they were in and was happy with how it all came together at the end.
I really called alot of things out in the book like a coupling of some characters, secrets and how its never good to make swift decisions based on emotions but I’m glad with where and the journey they took to get to where they ended up
Before we were strangers reminds you of the bliss and content that is love along with the challenges but also gently tugging on your heart that it can all be worth it with the right person.
Renee Carlino, amazing work and looking forward to checking out Swear On this Life.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton
One Word: Shattered
I was seriously shattered when I was done with this book. Why didn’t I pick this up before now? Where have I been?
Gigi, June and Bette are prima ballerina at the ABC school looking to get the lead soloist in the school show. Gigi is a new student that earned the role but June and Bette will do anything to ensure they take it from her. The girls embark on a wild school year and with secrets getting out, scare tactics and budding romance growing, we, the audience are in for a wild and awesome show.
Gigi has a heart condition that she is keeping as a secret, June is battling an eating disorder and Bette pops pills to handle all the stress from her psychological abusive mother. All three girls must not let their guard down as their future hinges on how the role they’re playing. Who’s going to rise to the top?
I love this book! It is culturally diverse with witty characters, crazy scenes and expected teenage drama. Gigi is the only black girl at the school and the authors touch on the lack of diversity in the ballet works, the pressure to be perfect and how certain ethnicities are only casted in stereotypical roles. This book is a way to break barriers and show the ugly and beauty of the dance world.
As an outsider, I am given the rigorous life of what it means to be a ballerina and striving to be the best. Each character does what they have to do to be at the top, some take more drastic measures than others but as a reader, we’re left to see and understand why they make certain decisions. The story is expressed through all three girls perspective and we get each girls story first hand.
My favorite character is Gigi. I liked her optimistic outlook and how she didn’t give up. I think that her character played victim sometimes and hopefully she changes that in the sequel. The boys in the book are minor characters but important.
We’re left off with a cliffhanger and the sequel was released earlier this summer. I have ordered my copy and I’m waiting impatiently for it to come. (Updated… Received it and can’t wait.)
Interested in a diverse, ambitious group, mystery, drama and romance? Tiny Pretty Things is for you.
Summer is coming to an end very soon 😢😭 but that means Fall will be here soon 😊😍. Fall is my favorite season especially since it coincide with my Birthday. What’s your fav season?
I have my September TBR list and let me tell you, its quite ambitious. The readings are not difficult but I will also have my school work load with it, so wish me luck guys! But I think I can do it.
1. Shiny Broken Pieces by Clayton and Charaipotra
2. When by Victoria Laurie
3. The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
4. Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
5. Everyday Is For The Thief by Teju Cole
6. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
7. Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt
What are you reading this month? See any you’ve read or would like to read?
Lost Along the Way by Erin Duffy
One Word: Sisterhood
Jane, Cara and Meg were friends all through grade school to mid twenties. There friendship suffered a blow when Jane eloped for her wedding. Fast forward seven years, Jane is the subject of tabloids frenzy because her husband has defrauded his clients and in jail. Jane must now swallow her pride and seek out the real people who truly knows her to find solace. But what she finds in her friends life is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. All three women must deal with how and why their friendship dissolved when they should have held on to each other and find a way to let go of past mistakes while looking forward to the future.
Duffy truly knows how to make you laugh while you want to cry. That was one of the things I enjoyed while reading the girls story. Jane was the sharp shooter, ready for an adventure and throughout the novel she didn’t disappoint. My favorite character would be Meg because she was the balancing factor between wild Jane and stern Cara.
I wanted to see a more clear decision on Jane’s part at the end of the novel. What would she do with her husband? Divorce him? Could she truly not think of a better option for what’s next than the one the girls thought about? Also the story broke in between scenes to send us to a flashback of their younger years. It was great but seemed too much and not necessary because what would ultimately happen have been revealed in the present time .
I know the focus of the book was to reconnect and remind us how friendships are important. What I took away from this story that is that in life you won’t get to do everything at the same time with your friends but been there, supporting them and not hiding your flaws -because everyone of us have them- is very important. It keeps the relationship real.
Lost Along the Way is a relaxed read on the beach or with a glass of wine with the phone near by ready to dial your best friend.
Hey guys, I have this new book from Sam Reed, Fair To Hope that I received from the author! It’s release date is August 30th and I’d be writing a review once I’ve finished it. The book is an exchange for an unbiased review.
Its a fantasy YA book about a young girl named Velma. She had a tough upbringing through the foster care and another in a secret order. She was chosen as Kachina along side her best friend who she will have to kill to save the world in the last battle. She runs out of time and must decide what fate to chose from, save the world that have always been difficult or bring it down?
I can’t wait to dive in and see what Velma and Josh is all about!