Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of the critically acclaimed, NAACP Image Award–nominated Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming. A TV professional by day, novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.
In the next striking and vibrant standalone 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 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.
A TWISTY MYSTERY: Though not ripped from the headlines like her first two novels, this story is inspired by the murder of hip-hop icon Biggie Smalls and has numerous twists and turns that will keep readers guessing, an expected trademark from this crafty and critically acclaimed author.
LARGER-THAN-LIFE CHARACTERS: Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine will leave an indelible mark on readers—these characters explode on the page and make you laugh, cry, and think, often at the same time.
BROOKLYN STAND UP: Brooklyn is no strange setting for YA novels, but you’ve never seen it quite like this—1998 Bed-Stuy bleeds, bumps, and blasts off the page, creating an unforgettable character in its own right.
HIP-HOP HEADS WILL BE HERE FOR IT: The storytelling is musical and infused with hip-hop, from classic songs to underground tracks, and this novel has a soundtrack of its own—lyrics written by rap artist Malik-16 that will have readers nodding along.
On Sale Date: May 21, 2019 – Katherine Tegen Books