The author of the groundbreaking novel The Hate U Give has been on quest to open the eyes of those around her. Angie Thomas’ YA novel revolves around a protagonist whose friend was shot dead by police. After the senseless loss, the character in on a never-ending journey of activism. Although, the irony of it all is that activism is exactly what Thomas’ work is doing.
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This novel has spent 50 weeks on the New York Times’ best-seller list, that’s almost a year! It’s on the shortlist for a National Book Award and it’s getting a film adaptation starring Amandla Sternberg. Think that’s all? Think again. Thomas recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about her next big work, a sort of sequel. On The Come Up is to be published on June 5th and serves as the author’s ode to hip-hop.
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Bri’s connection to music has always been deep since she’s the daughter of an underground rapper. However, his death comes on the cusp of his big break. Now living with her mother, the bills are mounting, the food is low, and money is scarce. Bri has to make it big for her family, her father, and herself.
This is going to be a good one, we know it, but Thomas has been working to forget the expectations and remember her love of music. She’s taking us back to her roots.
I call this book my homage to hip-hop. Stylistically, it feels to me a bit grittier. It feels more hip-hop… For me, the heart of the book is about it’s overcoming. These kids come from rough circumstances and situations, but have so much beauty about them
We are sure Thomas’ new release is going to break ground and open our hearts. Read Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview here and check out the brand new cover for On the Come Up below.