• On the Come Up

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,714 ratings)

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On the Come Up

By: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Interview: Listen in as Angie Thomas tells us why she absolutely trusted narrator Bahni Turpin again, this time with all the rapping in On The Come Up, and how Thomas made her follow-up to The Hate U Give another gem that grapples with important social issues without being an issues book.

[Bahni Turpin] really brought it and she gave her style and her soul and heart to it. I'm so thankful for it. She's a phenomenal narrator.
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  • On the Come Up
  • [Bahni Turpin] really brought it and she gave her style and her soul and heart to it. I'm so thankful for it. She's a phenomenal narrator.

Publisher's summary

2020 Audie Awards® finalist - Young adult number one New York Times best seller · Seven starred reviews · Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Don't miss this audiobook, Audible's Young Adult Audiobook of the Year and an Audie Award finalist!

"For all the struggle in this book, Thomas rarely misses a step as a writer. Thomas continues to hold up that mirror with grace and confidence. We are lucky to have her, and lucky to know a girl like Bri." (The New York Times Book Review)

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.

Hear about more of life in Garden Heights from Angie Thomas in The Hate U Give and Concrete Rose.

©2018 Angela Thomas (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Editor's Pick

Thomas and Turpin are my perfect pairing
"Whenever an author has a brilliant debut (as Angie Thomas did with The Hate U Give—our 2017 Audiobook of the Year), I always have a bit of apprehension when approaching their sophomore effort. Thankfully, yet unsurprisingly, On the Come Up is every bit as searing and stunning as its predecessor. The combination of Angie Thomas and Bahni Turpin is, quite frankly, genius. Hearing Turpin rap Thomas’s lyrics may be my favorite listening moment of all time. Thomas doesn’t shy away from hard topics, while also masterfully maintaining the careless and sometimes selfish POV of a teenager. The friendships are authentic, the fears and dreams relatable, and the desire (to be the person to make your family feel secure) universal. The novel is a cultural snapshot for 2019, and we’re only 36 days in. Brace yourselves listeners, this is a book I’m going to be recommending over and over again." —Katie O., Audible Editor