A Short Discussion on On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and Drug Addiction

Angie Thomas’ new book On the Come Up tackled numerous issues scarcely addressed in young adult (YA) fiction.

Drug abuse and recovery was one controversial problem the book touched upon. In my recent post, Why I Don’t Always Review A Book, I expressed that I tend to shy away from discussing books that cover topics that I feel like aren’t my place to input my views or that I’m not completely informed about. Addiction seemed like one of those topics I would usually steer away from. However, drug abuse—specifically rehabilitation—was the subject matter of my undergraduate research and is something that I feel very passionate about.

So, what exactly is the point of this post?

I wanted to relate my knowledge to the drug abuse element of On the Come Up to offer you all a different perspective on addiction and its treatment. 

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Mini Book Reviews: 3 Female-Authored, YA Contemporaries

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, I aimed to exclusively read female-authored books for the thirty-one days.

With the exception of one book, I made good on my goal and ended up having my best reading month this year. It’s really not much of a feat considering how busy I was in January and February and the complete disregard of my TBR pile that ensued. But, I’ll accept anything remotely close to win—it keeps me motivated 😅.

If you read my Women’s History Month Read-a-thon, you’ll know that the majority of the novels I read last month were young adult (YA) contemporaries. It wasn’t on purpose. ɪ ᴅɪᴅ ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴀ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ʙʏ ᴏᴘʀᴀʜ. I think it just played out that way because I’m a giant mood reader, so I peruse the blogosphere when picking out my next reads. That results in me repeatedly reading YA since I mostly follow YA-oriented book blogs.

Don’t get me wrong though, there’s nothing wrong with YA. In fact, I made this conclusion after my read-a-thon:

There are so many brilliant women contributing their powerful thoughts for a more competent, diverse, and tolerant society—and there’s no place where it’s more apparent than YA bookshelves.


Anyways, shall we get on with the mini reviews?

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My Women’s History Month Read-a-thon // five days of female-authored stories

Mission: read six female-authored stories in five days.

Why: Because, of course, I’ve fallen behind on my annual Goodreads Reading Challenge.

By how many books, you ask?

By six books 🤦‍♀️.

The TBR: We’re just going to wing it this time. I’m a self-proclaimed mood reader anyways.

Wish me luck 😬:

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