diversity & race | February 05, 2019

On the Come Up, Lavin Speaker Angie Thomas’ New Book, Is out Today—and Already Being Adapted for Film

With her debut novel The Hate U Give still topping The New York Times bestseller list, Angie Thomas’ second novel On the Come Up—released today—is in good company. And despite only being out for less than 24 hours, it’s already being adapted into a feature film. 

On the Come Up—set to be directed by George Tillman Jr., who also directed the film version of The Hate U Give—is about an aspiring teen rapper whose first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons. In its glowing review, the Times calls the book an “exquisitely intimate novel,” and says that Thomas is a writer that we’re lucky to have. The Guardian says it’s “joyous and very funny,” and “shows talent and ambition challenging stereotypes.”


“Few first novelists have the kind of success Angie Thomas saw with The Hate U Give,” says the Times in a recent profile. The Hate U Give has spent 100 weeks on the Times bestseller list and been made into an equally acclaimed movie.


On the Come Up is out today from Harper Collins. 


To book Angie Thomas or another literary speaker, contact The Lavin Agency today. 

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