Book Review: On The Come Up

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
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Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Published: 02/05/19
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, Briโ€™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 Briโ€™s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make itโ€”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!!

CR: Through To You

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 Mattinglyโ€™s eye. Pennโ€”resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital โ€œT.โ€ And okay,smolderingly sexy.

Harperโ€™s surprised by Pennโ€™s attentionโ€”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 differencesโ€”if Penn knew how to talk about his feelings.

Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. Itโ€™s like a crazy roller coasterโ€”exhilarating,terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the rideโ€ฆ”

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!

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September Book WrapUp

I have my very small September reads๐Ÿ™ˆ. 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: โคโคโคโคโค
Chinua Achebe: โคโคโคโคโค
When : โคโคโคโค

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.

Happy Reading,

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Book Review: When

When by Laurie

Rated: โคโคโคโค
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. ย She was vulnerable and strong in making sure she could prove her innocence.

This book lay on the suspense side more thanย 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 ย 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!

Happy Reading,

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CR: Things Fall Apart

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?

 

Book Review: Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

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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.

Happy Reading,

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Book Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things byย Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton

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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 ย 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.

Happy Reading,

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