Author: Angie Thomas
Brianna has always dreamed of getting out of her small town Garden Heights and making it big as a rapper. She knows that getting a record deal will be her ticket out, and will also enable her to provide for her struggling family. As she experiences the first hand trauma of gun violence, drug abuse, and poverty, Bri doesn’t know if she has what it takes to succeed, but she’s willing to try to save herself and the people she loves.
Brianna Jackson: Bri is an aspiring rapper trying to find her place in her community. She feels isolated because she goes to a wealthier school, and has to navigate that part of her life with her poor home environment. She believes that getting a record deal and becoming a famous rapper would help her and her family.
Jay: Jay is Bri’s mother, who became addicted to drugs after Bri’s father was shot. After leaving her children wit Bri’s grandparents while she got sober, she finally got custody back and is pushing them to do the best in school. She does not think that Bri rapping is a viable career path.
Aunt Pooh: Bri’s maternal aunt who is only ten years older than her. This age difference makes Bri view her as more of a sister. After Bri’s father’s death, Aunt Pooh joined a gang.
How does the past shape Bri’s aspirations? Do you think that her family life pushed her to want to be a rapper?
Do you think that Bro should live with her grandparents or her mother?
Does Aunt Pooh’s actions, joining a gang and dealing drugs, make her somebody that Bri should not be around considering her family’s issues with drug abuse?
“Nothing’s been the same since Nas told me. The world was mine.”
“One song is sometimes all it takes. I’ve got one song.”
“I’m somebody’s hope and I’m somebody’s mirror.”
“I get on the mic ’cause it’s my life.”
Scattered Summary by Abby