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Angie Thomas Reveals Her Inspiration Behind ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘On the Come Up’

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Angie Thomas Reveals Her Inspiration Behind ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘On the Come Up’

Attention, book nerds! We are now less than two months away from the release of On the Come Up by Angie Thomas! WE REPEAT:

LESS THAN SIXTY DAYS UNTIL QUEEN ANGIE THOMAS GRACES US WITH ANOTHER TIMELY AND POWERFUL BOOK! Mark your calendars, because (to no one’s surprise) this is a good one.

Lucky for us, Angie swung by the Epic Reads office to chat with us about her latest novel, which stars Brianna, a 16-year-old living in Garden Heights (sound familiar?), who aspires to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Angie talked to us about Bri and the challenges she faces, like “what it means to be young, black in America when freedom of speech isn’t always free.”

While On the Come Up takes place in the same neighborhood as The Hate U Give, these are two different stories! As Angie says, it’s not a sequel or a companion, just another really *epic* book from a truly *epic* author.

Listen to Angie talk about On the Come Up and her inspiration behind both novels:

 

When Worlds Collide | Angie Thomas’ Inspiration

 

About On the Come Up

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 big, Bri’s got 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.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

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