Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Tiffany D. Jackson

fiction Contemporary Young Adult
emotional medium-paced
In this standalone novel, 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 is still alive.

Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are okay letting their best friend Steph’s tracks lie forgotten in his bedroom after he’s killed—not when his beats could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a celebration, not after years of having each other’s backs.

Enlisting the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, Quadir and Jarrell come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: The Architect. Soon, everyone in Brooklyn is dancing to Steph’s voice. But then his mixtape catches the attention of a hotheaded music rep and—with just hours on the clock—the trio must race to prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.

Now, as the pressure—and danger—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, together they need to decide what they stand for before they lose everything they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.

What the community thinks

summary of 86 ratings (see reviews)

Moods

emotional 71%
hopeful 71%
adventurous 42%
inspiring 42%
reflective 42%
sad 42%
funny 28%
lighthearted 28%
challenging 14%
informative 14%
mysterious 14%
tense 14%

Pace

fast 50%
medium 50%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | No: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 50% | It's complicated: 50%

Average rating

4.13