Hammock, iced coffee, and a book. Three ingredients for a perfect afternoon. But I gotta find a new book now because this one only lasted a day.
#OnTheComeUp by @angiethomas is another amazing book. My favourite thing about it (and an awesome reading strategy to get into a book I think) was all the hip-hop references that made me go onto my phone and listen to tracks I haven’t listened to in so long. Been a long time since I played Nas and Biggie but they became a soundtrack for the book. I only wished I could hear an actual version of On The Come Up by Bri. Or her final freestyle. .
Bri is a 16 year old, living in Garden Heights, just like Starr from #TheHateUGive . And just like her she’s dealing with the same racist/prejudicial garbage. She wants to be a rapper, following in her Daddy’s footsteps but blazing her own path at the same time. Her path includes gang violence, drug use, family problems, poverty, on top of all the regular teenage drama. But she does it her way, finding herself through the journey. .
I don’t think On The Come Up was as good as The Hate U Give, but I don’t mean that as a slight against it. I mean it only in that The Hate U Give was a once in a decade or so type book. This book is still amazing, and I recommend it to everyone. I started it yesterday morning and finished it in less than 48 hours. Just something about Angie Thomas’ writing makes it impossible to put down. Her characters seem so real, and relatable. This is another awesome example of diverse perspectives in a book being so important for people to see themselves in literature, but at the same time eye opening and empathy-inspiring for those who don’t have these experiences. Making Bri such a strong female character, and putting her in the rap game too as someone Unafraid to back down to roles/assumptions placed on her gender, provides a great role model and connection to Hate U Give. She works in LGBTQ characters seamlessly too and I loved the “twist” at the end. If you loved Hate U Give, there is no question you’ll love On The Come Up too.
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