Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

Book - 2021 | First edition.
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International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there's one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it's that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad's in prison.

Life's not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav's got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he's a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it's not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he's offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he's expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he's different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He'll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, [2021]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780062846716
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Thoma
Characteristics: 360 pages


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"If there's one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it's that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad's in p... Read More »

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HPL_Ari Jun 15, 2021

Maverick was one of my favorite characters in The Hate U Give, and I was so excited to read a YA book about his own teen years! Concrete Rose takes place 17 years before THUG, just as Maverick is becoming a father. He's trying to do right by his family, stay true to himself, and survive.⁣

We get to see a lot of familiar characters in Concrete Rose and hear more about their backstories, which I loved! But we also get to meet new, compelling characters with their own stories. This book was everything I hoped it would be, and I'm so glad we got to see who Maverick was before becoming Big Mav. ⁣Angie Thomas never disappoints!

May 06, 2021

I loved this book. It was a great book. I really loved the way this book was written. It was written in the way some black people would talk, with tons of slang which i thought was interesting. As a white person reading this, it opened my eyes even more to gangs and what being black is really like. This book is really a great book and it taught me lots. It shows a lot of Mavericks life with Seven as a baby and Lisa, that was pretty interesting. I would totally recommend reading this after "The Hate You Give".

May 05, 2021

Solid four stars. In my opinion, better than On The Come Up and The Hate You Give. I picked it up thinking it would be a tragedy, but it actually isn't, it's a story where the main character ends up bettering himself morally by the end. Some other commenters have said that in other hands, a character like Maverick who's a high school flunkie, gangbanger, and teen father could easily be reduced to a stereotype, but in Angie's hands he's more of a relatable character, and I completely agree. You also get more background on the relationship between Mav's and Lisa's sides of Starr's family. I don't doubt that anyone who liked THUG would want to read Concrete Rose.

Apr 20, 2021

For me, this is now a MUST SEE. I have read The Hate U Give and I have read On The Come Up. Man, they were heartbreaking stories but at the same time they show us black teens what we must do to survive and we must thrive out here all through this hate the cops and the racist people give. Shout- out to Angie Thomas I love you girl
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Gina_Vee Apr 14, 2021

I really liked this book. It seamlessly follows the storyline of The Hate U Give while providing the backstory to it through Maverick's, Starr's Father's, story. You really get to see generational struggle and growth with the two books, but you learn something about characteristics Starr got from her father and her mother in this book. You also learn something more about their family dynamics rather than the pieces you learn from The Hate U Give.

Apr 09, 2021

This prequel to 2017's The Hate U Give can certainly stand alone. Angie Thomas writes characters and dialogue that just feel real. I really enjoyed seeing the world from the perspective of a character who, from another writer might be reduced to a stereotype, but in Thomas's hands is nuanced and relatable.

Feb 27, 2021

As expected, Angie Thomas is awesome at realistic character development and dialogue. I’m glad Maverick’s story is nuanced in its own way, but also doesn’t outshine the massive integrity of The Hate U Give. It was really neat to revisit the neighborhood and characters.

Feb 23, 2021

I’m deeply inspired by this prequel to The Hate U Give. While Starr owned the spotlight in the first book, Concrete Rose follows her father, Maverick, through his life before becoming a parent. Between school, teenage parenthood, and struggling to financially provide for his child, Maverick leads a hard life, made worse when someone kills his cousin Dre. Maverick’s dynamic character is both heart wrenching and heartwarming, only improving and developing the amazing plot. With valuable and loaded lines akin to mic-drops, Angie Thomas continues to awe me and keep me reading her books. Since Concrete Rose is the prequel, I suggest reading The Hate U Give (and I recommend that novel to anybody who’s anybody) before indulging yourself with Concrete Rose. I can confirm- reading these novels is not something you will regret.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 29, 2021

Lots of love for this "The Hate U Give" prequel. Angie Thomas is absolutely brilliant at building loveable characters. Maverick is a hugely loveable character. Even as he makes bad decision after bad decision, his essential goodness is evident throughout. While it feels at some points like a tragedy, there is so much hope and beauty at the end. Fans of the author Nic Stone will also find an Easter egg hidden inside this one!

PimaLib_TaylorJ Jan 27, 2021

Truly exceptional. The complexity and depth of the characters, especially the stereotype-crushing Black men in this story, is magic.

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PimaLib_TaylorJ Jan 27, 2021

One of the biggest lies ever told is that Black men don’t feel emotions. Guess it’s easier to not see us a human when you think we’re heartless. Fact of the matter is, we feel things. Hurt, pain, sadness, all of it. We got a right to show them feelings as much as anybody else.

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