1st Line/1st Paragraph

May 21, 2019

1st Line/1st Paragraph

I’m linking up today with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph of the book you are currently reading.

First Paragraph

I’m pleased to share the first line and first paragraph of On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Young Adult). I’ve read a few great reviews, and I’m eager to bring you my full review soon. If you read The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, you might appreciate this new release!

From Amazon: 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.

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On the Come Up

Genre/Categories: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Music, Poverty, Homelessness, Racism, Prejudice

1st Line/1st Paragraph:

I might have to kill somebody tonight.

It could be somebody I know. It could be a stranger. It could be somebody who’s never battled before. It could be somebody who’s a pro at it. It doesn’t matter how many punch lines they spit or how nice their flow is. I’ll have to kill them.

This first paragraph sounds dire and extreme, and I might jump to conclusions that the character is literally speaking of murder. However, Brianna’s actually thinking about her chance to prove herself at a neighborhood rap contest tonight. This might be her big chance.

I’ve read Chapter One, and I’m eager to continue the story and trust Angie Thomas that On The Come Up will be gritty, relevant, and thought-provoking.

QOTD: Are you intrigued? Have you read The Hate You Give?

Here is my full review of The Hate You Give.

Looking Ahead:

Come back Friday for my review of The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister, one of my favorite reads of the year so far!

The Scent Keeper

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  1. I think I’d like this book even though it isn’t a mucic I enjoy. I like that a girl is brave enough to prove how good she is!

  2. Ahh this is a great first line! I have read and really enjoyed Angie Thomas’ debut and I’ve heard great things about her sophomore novel. I can’t wait to read it! I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂

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