The B&N YA Podcast: Angie Thomas

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Today we have a special treat for you, a YA Podcast extra featuring bestselling author Angie Thomas talking with YA podcast host Melissa Albert about her brand-new book On the Come Up. Thomas dropped in to see us last year to talk about her blockbuster hit The Hate U Give, just before the movie adaptation was set to release, And while she was with us, Melissa asked Angie to talk a little bit about the book we couldn’t wait to read, her new novel On the Come Up. And now that On the Come Up is here, we want to share what she told us about her brand new book about hip-hop, high school, and learning to find your own voice. The first item on the menuall the incredible extras Angie added to the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition.

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.

This must-have Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a bonus chapter and exclusive content from the author!

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