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review 2019-04-03 22:57
Did Not Heart as Much as The Hate U Give
On the Come Up - Angie Thomas

Well, though I did enjoy this book, I didn't love it as much as The Hate U Give. I could not help making comparisons between Starr and Bri (the main character in this one) and also about the story-lines. I think in the end that Bri was more frustrating to me as a reader. She really doesn't listen to anyone, though in the end that causes her to forge her own path that can lift her family up out of poverty. However, how realistic is it for many teens to go out and become rap superstars? Should that be a dream that is pushed? Do we hurt our youths with them seeing millionaire and billionaire rappers out there and think they need just that and forget about school? I think in the end Thomas was pushing for that happy ever after and I thought she was more realistic about things with how she ended "The Hate U Give."


Bri is dealing with the effects in this book from the fallout of story-lines in "The Hate U Give". The not guilty verdict of the police officer and the rioting cost her neighborhood grocery stores and jobs. One of those jobs affected is her mother's were her job is cut and now Bri's family is dealing with more even more issues surrounding paying rent, providing enough food to eat, gas and heat. Bri has dreams though of becoming a rapper and a superstar that will provide her mother and brother with enough so they don't have to struggle anymore. Though two of Bri's childhood best friends do very well at their school. She often is in trouble for her "attitude" and isn't doing her best in her PSAT courses. She has dreams of going toe to toe in "The Ring" and winning against other underground rappers.


I have known many boys and girls who have wanted to become rappers and who also wrote very good raps and in the end didn't get that break they needed. Heck, my brother was one of them and even traveled to MTV back in the day and battled. He got to the semi-finals and didn't end up getting the final call back, but I was very proud of him for pursuing what he wanted. So Bri's aspirations were not a shocker to me. I think what shocked me was that she was hanging her hat on making it. We find out her father was an underground legend until he was murdered. You would think that would make her hesitant at going forward with it, but she only seems to think on her father if someone is getting in her face about it and when we get to a later story-line about her getting his chain to wear.


So Bri was written pretty consistently the whole way through and we get to see her feelings about her family, her friends, her school, her lot in life. The raps we get to read I thought were great here and there and a few I thought were just okay. I do wish that Thomas had touched more about how black girls are seen. What does it mean to be called "angry" by other people and showed Bri pushing back on those tropes. She doubled down on her anger to a point that sometimes I was ready to shake her. 


The secondary characters though we do get to delve into a bit. Bri's older brother is struggling after graduating college and not being able to find work. Her mother is a recovering addict who fought to get her children back and is still paying for what she did with regards to her in-laws. Bri's best friends seem to come in and out of the story-line with Thomas trying to echo student grassroots organizations like she did in "The Hate U Give". Bri's aunt and that whole story-line was a big old miss with me. I just felt like Thomas was trying to push too many ideas into one book.


The writing was a bit uneven here and there (usually when seguing into Bri's raps) and then the flow dragged a bit as well. Still written very well, I just think it could have been tightened up a bit. 


Unlike with "The Hate U Give" where you see a blended African American family that loves each other and will do what they can for each other. Thomas takes a look at a single mother struggling to provide for her two children. Both of these books takes a look at modern African American families though I thought that Thomas had a stronger message in the first book. 


The ending as I said above was a bit too happily ever after for me. But maybe Thomas wanted to show young black girls and boys that they don't have to defer their dreams, you keep pushing even if everyone says they are unrealistic. 

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review 2019-03-31 22:36
One of the Best Written Young Adult Books That's A Must-Read!
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Every book that is written has a certain importance on its plot. Whether it is a warning to the world of a certain disease that may wipe out mankind or if it is about standing up against bullying... or even if its about mending a broken heart, most authors clearly or try to pass their own words through writing their books for the readers to read. For Angie Thomas, it is clear her debut book has a voice of her own and its a voice about injustice through police brutality. Reading The Hate U Give truly speaks louder than the words written and really deserves a lot of attention, not just through writing but through what the message was meant to be.


Sixteen year-old Starr Carter had witnessed a murder that became a sensational news - a police officer shot her friend in cold-blood. For Starr, she was told to follow the rules when there's police around but now, the death of a close friend leads her two worlds collide - one that she hides well in a school she attends but another where Garden Heights is a place that isn't always safe when prejudice and street gangs rule and she has to make a choice - to speak up or to be silent forever.


I love The Hate U Give. I enjoyed so much of the writing because the world that Angie Thomas weave is real - the culture of the black people and the way they speak is real. What is even more real is how it portrays the injustice been down towards their race and how prejudice happened for their kind. There are a lot of layers to be read in this book and how this is one of the must-read-before-you-die kind of books should be picked up. When I read it, it opens up what I want to understand on their side of view - why racism is the way it is in America and why bias towards the black happens only in the ghetto. The message itself speaks out loud and people must read this book. There is so much more here that I don't want to spoil much but I can say, this book deserves a full star rating. If you haven't read this book, read it. Its an important young adult book by far, to me, deserves as one of the best literature book ever written.

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text 2019-03-31 04:20
Reading progress update: I've read 464 out of 464 pages.
On the Come Up - Angie Thomas

Good. Didn’t love as much as The Hate U Give. Liked how Thomas linked the first and second book together.  

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review 2019-03-07 22:11
On The Come Up
On the Come Up - Angie Thomas
This is one of those books that I became just like one of the characters and I.started.to.feel.the.anger.and.the.frustration.as.each.word.became.it's.own.island.as.
I.read. Some issues and points became so strong that they couldn’t blend into the paper like everything else, they had to take a stand. Every day, the fight for fairness is apparent for many individuals. For this world that we live in, it seems that, every day this great planet is getting more difficult.
In On the Come Up, Bri has a hard time taming herself. Bri’s young, she’s vocal, and she’s bold, which is a good combination but for her situation, there must be some balance.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this novel. Although it was long, it didn’t feel that way as I read it. I enjoyed the author’s other novel, The Hate U Give, a great deal but this novel I enjoyed more. I think it’s because of all the other characters in the novel and the parts that they played and how they influenced the main character. The energy in this novel is fantastic and just picking up this book, got me fired up!
Bri’s father was a well-known rapper who ended up dead because of who he was. Bri’s been rapping since she was ten and as the novel open up, she is waiting for her first big break in the Ring. She wants to battle in the Ring and get noticed.
Coming out a victor, she should be flying high but there’s some controversy and Bri has some issues at home that she’s trying to get a handle on. There never seems to be a quiet moment, a moment to breath and enjoy the fame, as life keeps on moving and Bri needs to keeps rapping if she is to make a name for herself.
With the main topics of relationships, racial issues, and family, Angie Thomas did it again, with another fantastic novel. I highly recommend it.


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review 2019-02-04 20:54
A Tale of Two Demon Slayers (Accidental Demon Slayer #3) by Angie Fox
A Tale of Two Demon Slayers (Biker Witches Mystery Book 3) - Angie Fox

Lizzie is going to Greece to have a holiday with her Gryphon boyfriend in his ancestral home - while Dimitri can finally look to a future with his family and clan now the curse has been lifted


But peace is quickly menaced by an ominous prediction of Lizzie’s death. Oh and Dimitri’ ex who raises some disturbing questions about where Lizzie actually fits in his world.

This is one of this books that surprises me. The first two books of this series have… not been my favourite series, been often quite simplistic and sidelining just about everything that made this book so fascinating - like the biker witches

And a fair bit of that continues - the biker witches are still just a vague background group who don’t serve a great deal of purpose except to be the world’s worst house guests just so Lizzie can feel super super worried.


But it does equally feed quite interestingly into Lizzie’s conflict over just how much Dimitri has done for her, sacrificed for her et al. Which is an interesting element of self-reflection especially from a character who has spent most of her story so far being understandably self-absorbed. I mean this isn’t a character flaw on Lizzie’s part because she’s obviously gone through a lot, being a little self-focused makes sense. I don’t begrudge her a second of this because that’s natural, nor do I think her resisting further revelations or her objecting to anything stopping her having a break, just a brief break. This is a reasonable, human reaction. And it’s equally reasonable for her to, when she has a bit of break, to reflect on that and think that maybe the people around her have done a lot for her. I kind of think that the Witches deserve more of this reflection and realisation than Dimitri. But the whole conflict and internal debate is really well done.


I think that the book kind of misses what Lizzie did for them - saving the witches and releasing Dmitri’s family from a curse that was killing his sisters and destroying his family and future. I mean this whole narrative kind of misses that every side character would actually be dead if it weren’t for Lizzie. The balance isn’t all one way- and I think that this is pushed at least in part because they wanted Lizzie to have break up angst with Dmitri. Which I don’t get the need for, we don’t need a relationship drama as well as everything else and I think the relationship was already super shaky because of how very very.



But I did like the interaction between Lizzie and Dmitri’s sisters - the instant connection, the support, Lizzie backing them without trying to overrule them. And I liked Amara. I’m skating round spoiler territory here - but I liked her developed story and the revelations that came with her especially since she began as such a “AAARGH EVIL LOVE RIVAL! RAWR!”


Really, Lizzie’s interactions with other women in this book were excellent - even when it looked like something stereotypical or dubious was raising it’s ugly head it was subverted. I also liked the crafty biplay of Dimitri and the Biker witches. While Lizzie is, frankly, being ultra snobby and generally thinking that her low class family is going to embarrass her in front of her super classy boyfriend, Dmitri himself is fully respectful of the witches skills and willing to let them have free reign. It’s a nice touch and a gentle subversion of Lizzie’s own, well, shame at her biker family.


I also really liked her instructor - quirky, not aggressive, forms a good rapport: there’s no unnecessary antagonism at all. On top of that we have an interesting plot with some nice forboding and hefty stakes and some really powerful hooks for future books




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