Fiction. Without role models to guide her, 13-year-old AnnMarie Walker, an eighth-grader from Queens, must chart her own course in life. So far, it's been a rocky one: pregnant by her increasingly unreliable and abusive boyfriend, Darius, AnnMarie struggles to survive. When she unexpectedly lands a role in an independent film, AnnMarie's horizons expand, causing her to reassess her current situation and ponder her future. Inspired by the life of teenager Anna Simpson, whom author Hannah Weyer met while filming a documentary, On the Come Up
presents a gritty tale of city life narrated in raw, authentic language by a resilient young woman.