Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Category: Book
By (author): Jackson, Tiffany D.
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
  YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
Audience: young adult
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: May 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in
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From The Publisher*

In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday's Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star by pretending he's still alive.

Brooklyn, 1998. Biggie Smalls was right: Things done changed. But that doesn't mean that Quadir and Jarrell are cool letting their best friend Steph's music lie forgotten under his bed after he's murdered-not when his rhymes could turn any Bed Stuy corner into a party.

With the help of Steph's younger sister Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph's music under a new rap name: the Architect. Soon, everyone wants a piece of him. When his demo catches the attention of a hotheaded music label rep, the trio must prove Steph's talent from beyond the grave.

As the pressure of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only, each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph's fame, they need to decide what they stand for or lose all that they've worked so hard to hold on to-including each other.

Review Quote*★ "Exceptional storytelling, well-crafted, true-to-life dialogue, and the richly drawn Brooklyn landscape will draw readers into this fast-paced blend of mystery, budding romance, and social commentary...Thoroughly engrossing and as infectious as Steph's lyrics."
Review Quote*★ "Jackson repeatedly proves that she is a titan among her peers, and her latest novel is no exception...  Jackson weaves the three points of view together seamlessly, creating richly drawn and authentically real teen characters."
Review Quote*★ "Deftly chronicles the timely story of bold young talent gone too soon... Jackson scores a bull's-eye with her passionate homage to black city life in the late '90s, yet it's her earnest takes on creativity, love, and loss that are timeless."
Review Quote*★ "This YA novel harmonizes music and prose to create a certified literary banger."
Review Quote*★ "Readers will feel connected to these teens' love of hip-hop, their loyalty to each other and their love for their community... offers moving portraits of young people... an engaging ode to '90s hip-hop and to love in many forms."
Review Quote*"With thoughtful attention to detail, Jackson offers a believable cast of Black teens immersed in a particularly rich hip-hop moment. The combination of lyricism and narrative realism is an effective mode of representing a particular sort of adolescence against the backdrops of New York City and rap music."
Review Quote*"Jackson presents a fast-moving, heart-pounding homage to nineties hip-hop, Brooklyn, and the power of music, love, and friendship. Readers are transported to a time when DJs and MCs rocked the parties and when word-of-mouth could make you a star."
Review Quote* "A thrilling, heart-rending, unforgettable novel."
Review Quote*PRAISE FOR MONDAY'S NOT COMING:"A mesmerizing, punch-in-the-gut story about the power of friendship and the horrors hiding right in front of us."