On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

otcuIn On the Come Up, Angie Thomas builds upon the vivid world of Garden Heights that she introduced to readers in her #1 New York Times bestseller debut, The Hate U Give. But this time, instead of Starr Carter narrating this story, readers are introduced to sixteen year old Bri Jackson, daughter of underground rap legend Lawless. Like her father, who was killed in a gang-related shooting when she was little, Bri dreams of becoming a legendary rapper (that is when she’s not taking ACT prep courses or geeking out over tweety bird).

You’ll never silence me and you’ll never kill my dream/just recognize when you say brilliant that you’re also/ saying Bri

I found On the Come Up even more compelling than its blockbuster predecessor, perhaps because of Bri’s similarity to Thomas, who writes in her dust jacket biography that she was once a rapper. However, instead of Bri’s musical ambitions, what stuck out most to me was the conflict between Bri’s upper-middle class arts school and her working class roots.

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Summer’s Best Book to Movie Adaptations

The hottest days of summer are here- which means there’s nothing better than an air conditioned movie theater. Luckily, there are plenty of great book to movie adaptations coming out in the next month. Here are just some of my favorites!

tdmAugust 3: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Protagonist of The Darkest Minds, Ruby, is played by Amandla Stenberg, a Young Adult book to movie adaptation veteran (check her out in The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything). Ruby lives in a world where teenagers have begun developing special powers- and she’s one of them. After escaping the government camp she was held in, with the help of some friends Ruby discovers a safe haven run by teens like her. In this action-packed dystopian thriller, nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to be afraid of.

August 15: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kwan’s wealth-saturated debut boasts a nearly all Asian cast and $30 million dollar budget. Set in Singapore, the story follows Rachel as she’s introduced to her boyfriend Nick’s family. However, Nick’s family happens to be one of the richest families in Asia- and they’re not exactly welcoming of an outsider. A win for diverse representation and romance novel lovers alike, Crazy Rich Asians is sure to be a hit.

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