On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up is Angie Thomas's follow-up to her massively successful The Hate U Give, and we have a feeling she's struck lightning once again. The novel is about 16-year-old Bri, the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who has aspirations of becoming a great rapper herself (or, you know, to win at least one battle). But when things in life take a turn — her mom loses her job, the people at school label her a hoodlum — Bri decides to write her first song, which ends up going viral in the worst way. Now at the center of a controversy, she has to figure out how to spin her newfound fame (or infamy, rather) so that her family can survive.
Out Feb. 5