Published in February 2019, Angie Thomas’ On the Come Up is a coming-of-age novel set in Garden Heights, the same fictional neighborhood as Thomas’ previous novel, The Hate U Give. On the Come Up tells the story of 16-year-old Bri, an aspiring rapper whose song about security guard brutality at her school goes viral. An unflinching look at racial stereotypes, fame, and the complexities of familial love, the novel was nominated for a Carnegie Medal for Young Adult Literature and was adapted into a feature film in 2022.  Explore a character analysis of Bri Jackson, a plot summary, and important quotes.


See a complete list of the characters in On The Come Up and in-depth analyses of Bri, Supreme, Aunt Pooh, and Jay.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in On The Come Up, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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