On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Posted on 03/04/2020
Photo: Cover of On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

"I really felt the emotions of the character as she struggled to deal with poverty, drugs, racism, and family issues. I also enjoy the theme of staying true to yourself that it promotes.”

Charles Rayburn, librarian, East Ridge High


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by East Ridge High School. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit it big, Bri’s has massive shoes to fill. But, it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So, Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral for all the wrong reasons.


Editorial Reviews


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“This book beckons young readers and music lovers alike with an homage to the forefathers of hip-hop that also assures the feminine voice is never dismissed from the cypher.” -- Washington Post


To check out more recommended books in the Hamilton Book of the Week at https://www.hcde.org/parents___students/suggested_reading.


Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023