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On the Come Up: Introduction
On the Come Up: Plot Summary
On the Come Up: Detailed Summary & Analysis
On the Come Up: Themes
On the Come Up: Quotes
On the Come Up: Characters
On the Come Up: Symbols
On the Come Up: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Angie Thomas
Historical Context of On the Come Up
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- Full Title: On the Come Up
- When Written: 2018
- Where Written: Jackson, Mississippi
- When Published: 2019
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Bildungsroman, issue novel
- Setting: Garden Heights
- Climax: A SWAT team raids the Maple Grove apartment complex, arresting Aunt Pooh and causing Bri's Timb to break.
- Antagonist: Racism, Poverty; specifically, the Crowns gang and Long and Tate
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for On the Come Up
Social Media Experience. Like Bri, Angie Thomas catapulted to fame thanks to an experience on social media, though her experience was significantly more positive than Bri's: Thomas found her agent by contacting them on Twitter.
Names. Thomas didn't choose a pen name to obscure her real identity or influence how her books were received (as J.K. Rowling did—her publishers believed that the Harry Potter series would sell better if it weren't immediately obvious she was female). Instead, Thomas chose to publish her books under her nickname, Angie, because she didn't want to be confused with author Angela Thomas, whose work differs wildly from Angie Thomas's.