On The Come Up Review

Ebook, 464 Pages
YA/ Contemporary
By: Angie Thomas
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

β€œThere’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.”

🌟 If Angie Thomas taught me something is that I should use my voice if I have one and I am going to do exactly that. If you think you will be offended by this review or by this not being my favorite book of the year then don’t continue this review!

🌟 A thing I have noticed lately is that it is always a bit harder to view diverse books. For me personally I am going to be fair to a book regardless of who wrote it and just because a book is diverse does not make it good.

🌟 I loved THUG and I got both an E-book and a hardcover of that book, so you bet I was excited for this. Unfortunately it did not live to the hype for me! I know writing a second book can be harder than the first one specially when it gets the recognition that Angie’s debut got (A 100 weeks as a NYT Bestseller and most as #1, that’s just crazy awesome).

🌟 I felt that the writing in this one was mediocre, I did not have that feeling of wanting to read the book non-stop. I am also starting to get annoyed by the HP references in many YA books. I used to enjoy them but now they are kind of a bookish pet peeve for me in writing. I know many authors were affected by that series but I think of them as a shortcut to being relatable which annoys me.

🌟 I am not the biggest fan of Hip-Hop so I knew I won’t relate as other readers. That being said I expected it to be more enjoyable. I did not know where the story was going. I felt like it is a milder version of THUG Β―\_(ツ)_/Β― .

🌟 I also did not have that connection to the characters as I did in THUG. There was no emotions on my part while reading this. I was annoyed by Bri’s actions. I like when YA characters act their ages and are stupid and do things wrong. But Bri’s insisting on being an outlaw was bothersome.

🌟 Summary: I ma have had higher expectation from the book which resulted in my being disappointed. The book was not bad but was no where as good as THUG for me personally. The characters, writing and plot were just too meh for my taste. I can’t believe I am saying this but this is a book that I think will be better as a movie!


  1. I do feel for contemporary authors in a way because they have that one book that they’re known for and that has made them into the success that they are (in Angie’s case it was THUG) so they definitely have a lot of pressure on their shoulders. It’s definitely tricky to replicate that type of magic that initially make readers connect. Anyway, thats enough of my rambling- great review πŸ˜…β™₯️

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  2. Sorry this book didn’t live up to your expectations. I’m also kind of worried about that. I loved THUG so much and have been excited for it for so long that I feel like I’m also setting myself up for disappointment.

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  3. You’re welcome! And ikr, with the amount of books that have second/ middle book syndrome some should just end at book one tbh πŸ˜…

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  4. I completely agree. While I enjoyed it and think it had a great political message, I believe it was over-hyped which is disappointing. I hope you enjoy your next read!

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