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Based on a true story, an impassioned and propulsive debut novel about a headstrong girl from Far Rockaway, Queens, who is trying to find her place in the world
Written in an urban vernacular that’s electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine whose voice is irrepressible, dynamic, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she’s due to give birth—she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars—acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on-screen. But when the film fades from view and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie’s grit and determination are the only tools left to keep her moving forward.
Told with remarkable compassion and based on the real-life story of Anna Simpson, whom the author met during the filming of the award-winning Our Song, Hannah Weyer’s debut novel is an incredible act of literary ventriloquism that powerfully illuminates the lives of the urban unseen.
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Weyer’s compassionate storytelling and experience as a mentor for at-risk youth lends her compelling novel an inspiring pathos without losing its sharp, realistic edge.Read Full Review of On the Come Up: A Novel, Base... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
Hannah Weyer's debut novel, "On the Come Up" (Nan A. Talese, 310 pages, $25), is the story of AnnMarie's coming-of-age. She writes with confidence and agility, and readers will quickly sink into the groove of her storytelling.Read Full Review of On the Come Up: A Novel, Base... | See more reviews from WSJ online
Weyer writes with an ear for authentic urban teen patois, but no matter how authentic, it’s ultimately wearing on the reader.Read Full Review of On the Come Up: A Novel, Base... | See more reviews from Kirkus
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