Bursting with raw intensity and dazzling brilliance similar to The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas delivers a surefire powerhouse follow-up in On the Come Up. Bri is a 16-year-old aspiring rapper looking to help her family out by making it big. Growing up in Garden Heights (Los Angeles) where many people struggle with bills, drugs, and gangs, Bri wants to be a beacon of hope for her community. Bri is a captivating force in all her teenage determination, complexity, and heart. You are as strong as those you bring together or surround yourself with, and Bri's world of people is mighty strong. I loved that Bri's rap lyrics are included in these pages, as they speak louder than telling us she raps. Bri - actually, all the characters - are so genuine and honest. You get to know them and their world, and their truth. It's a testament to the author.