Bound To Stay Bound

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 On the come up
 Author: Thomas, Angie

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 447 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 879602 ISBN: 9780062498564
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Subjects:
 Singers -- Fiction
 Rap (Music) -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Single-parent families -- Fiction

Price: $22.16

Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Bri hopes to become a great rapper, and after her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, must decide whether to sell out or face eviction with her widowed mother.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 500135
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 23.0   Quiz: 76458

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (+) (00/02/19)
   Booklist (02/01/19)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/03/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 02/01/2019 *Starred Review* Thomas follows up her blockbuster, The Hate U Give (2017), with a sophomore novel that’s just as explosive. On the Come Up tells the story of talented Bri, daughter of a deceased underground rapper, who’s pursuing her own rap career. Bri is more than her dreams of making it out of the hood and reaching rap stardom; she is a girl who loves her family and friends fiercely. Bri’s chance at fame comes after a rap battle in which the song she pens garners massive attention. When Bri’s mother loses her job, Bri’s rap ambitions become more crucial than ever. They could be her and her family’s ticket to a better life unthreatened by poverty. Bri is a refreshingly realistic character with trials and triumphs, strengths and flaws. She’s also a teen with a traumatic past who is still going through things in the present. She still, however, manages to find the beauty and joy in life despite her tribulations, and this is where 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, including both the highs and the lows of middle-class and poor Black families, Thomas gives readers another dynamic protagonist to root for. High-Demand Backstory: Thomas' debut, The Hate U Give, might ring a bell? She had a long-term stay on the New York Times best-seller list for her first novel, and the hype for her second is damn near deafening. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2019 Gr 8 Up–Aspiring rapper Bri records "On the Come Up" to protest the racial profiling and assault she endured at the hands of white security guards at her high school. The song goes viral, and Bri seizes the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her late father and lift her family out of poverty, but her loved ones worry, especially when some listeners paint her as an angry black girl inciting violence. Tension mounts as Bri's mother loses her job, Bri's relationship with her beloved aunt and musical mentor splinters, and a new manager dangles the prospect of fame and wealth—at a price. Set in the same neighborhood as Thomas's electrifying The Hate U Give, this visceral novel makes cogent observations about the cycle of poverty and the inescapable effects of systemic racism. Though the book never sands over the rough realities of Garden Heights, such as gang warfare, it imbues its many characters with warmth and depth. 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. VERDICT Thomas once again fearlessly speaks truth to power; a compelling coming-of-age story for all teens.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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