On the Come Up - Angie Thomas - Thorndike - 978-1432852849
Thorndike Press

On the Come Up

  • Angie Thomas
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432852841
  • ISBN-13: 9781432852849
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 lbs ( .75 kgs)
  • 614 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2019



A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, she’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it — she has to make it.

Brilliant, insightful, full of heart, this is another modern classic from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation.

Age Range: 14-17 | Grade Level: 8-12 | Lexile Measure: HL550L


Customer Reviews

“ON THE COME UP truly shines in its exploration of Bri’s resilience, determination, and pursuit of her dreams. In this splendid novel, showing many facets of the black identity and the black experience, Thomas gives readers another dynamic protagonist to root for.”

— Booklist (starred)

“This honest and unflinching story of toil, tears, and triumph is a musical love letter that proves literary lightning does indeed strike twice. The rawness of Bri’s narrative demonstrates Thomas’ undeniable storytelling prowess. A joyous experience awaits. Read it. Learn it. Love it.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“While acknowledging that society is quick to slap labels onto black teens, the author allows her heroine to stumble and fall before finding her footing and her voice. Thomas once again fearlessly speaks truth to power; a compelling coming-of-age story for all teens.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“With sharp, even piercing, characterization, this indelible and intricate story of a young girl who is brilliant and sometimes reckless, who is deeply loved and rightfully angry at a world that reduces her to less than her big dreams call her to be, provides many pathways for readers.”

— The Horn Book (starred)