It’s Saturday and you know what that means, its book review time! Whoop, whoop! this week it is the turn of one my most highly anticipate releases of 2019 and that is On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. So, let’s do this!
Angie Thomas is officially the queen of hard hitting contemporary books. On The Come Up was brilliant! Not quite as good as The Hate U Give, but it is still a truly incredible book and everyone should read it
This book tackled some really tough topics and it handled them perfectly. Thomas isn’t afraid to focus on the big issues and fight them. in this book alone she tackles poverty, racial discrimination, drug abuse, gangs, grief and even sexuality. I’m always so impressed by how much you managed to squeeze into her books. Her books always have me screaming for justice!
I’ll be honest and admit that I wasn’t sure what direction is book would take before I picked it up. All I really knew about it was that it was centred around an aspiring rapper. For such a hyped book, the bookish community has been very quiet about it ever since its release. I ended up a little worried that it would feel like a repeat of The Hate U Give, but it really didn’t. It tackled the topic of black inequality and racial discrimination in a different but equally brilliant way. There were so many times and reading his book but I found myself being physically angry by how these characters were being treated. I wanted to scream and shout at someone. My rage was only increased by the knowledge that this is not fiction. This is a real life issue that is happening today and its completely f****** unacceptable!
But what may this book were the characters. I admit, I did find Bri incredibly irritating at times. I just felt like she made some very stupid decisions at times and that she could be a little bit self-centred and selfish, but ultimately she won my approval. She stood up for what she believed in and helped to bring around a change. All of Angie Thomas’s characters feel very real, like their like actual people. They feel genuine and it really helps to draw you in and makes me want to fight for Justice, that bit more. I felt like this is all happening to my friends.
All in all, while this book wasn’t on the same level as The Hate U Give, it’s still a true brilliant but I feel like it is sort of book that everyone needs to read
4 out of 5
And there we have it. Have you read On The Come Up yet? What did you think about it? I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you all again very soon