May 20th, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give, 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 it 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.
Join us in a lively discussion of the insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up—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.
There is no charge for this event. To learn more about TEAM Westport please visit their page on the town’s website.