ON THE COME UP celebrates hip hop with a stunning cover!
Angie Thomas‘ second novel has a powerful new cover!
On The Come Up has been described as the author’s ode to hip hop, focusing on Bri, a young rapper from the same neighborhood as The Hate U Give‘s Starr, who feels desperate to make it in the world of hip hop as her personal circumstances grow dire.
Entertainment Weekly exclusively shared the cover for the novel, created by Jenna Stempel-Lobell and Alison Donalty at HarperCollins with art by Anjola Coker. Take a look!
There’s no official synopsis yet, but here’s the description from EW:
It’s set in the same universe as The Hate U Give (THUG for short) and centers on Bri, a 16-year-old aspiring rapper. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit it big, Bri has massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it — she has to make it.
Angie Thomas is known for her stunning debut The Hate U Give, which is set to be released as a movie soon. In her interview with EW, she talked about the pressures of a follow-up:
I’ll be honest: At first, it was tough because there were all of these voices all of a sudden. It felt like all of these eyes were watching over my shoulder as I tried to write this next book. Getting all of the love and support for The Hate U Give, there are the unintentional comments that people make that do more damage than they realize — like, “Oh, I don’t know how you will ever follow this up!” You know? It can get to you. What helped me, my big aha moment as Oprah would probably call it, was I thought about why I wrote The Hate U Give.