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CONCRETE ROSE BY ANGIE THOMAS

Title: Concrete Rose

Author: Angie Thomas

Release date: January 12, 2021

Book details: Prequel of The Hate U Give

Pages: 368

Rating: FOUR STARS

Blurb

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.

MY REVIEW

I loved The Hate You Give and I was curious to learn the story of Maverick, the father of Starr Carter. Concrete Rose was one of the most anticipated books of 2021. Concrete Rose was about how teenagers deal with pregnancy and how difficult is to be a parent at such young age.

“Keep Pushing Mav,” Rico Says,” Tough situations don’t last. Tough People Do.

Maverick becomes a parent at seventeen years old and he had to learn how to take care of his baby and to be responsible for a human being. At the same time, he had to finish high school and provide for his baby Seven because his mother didn’t have enough money for him and his baby and his father is in jail.

“You gotta love people enough to let them go, especially when you’re the reason they’re gone.”

He had to explain to his girlfriend Lisa that he had a baby with someone else (he didn’t cheat) but Lisa wasn’t ready to forgive him and to be with him. But after Maverick lost an important person in his life, Lisa decided to be beside him and to help him with his pain. Maverick had to deal with grief and the expectations of the people around him and he didn’t know how to express his feelings. He felt lost, and he didn’t know which was the right path for him but Lisa and his baby was his light and his salvation.

It was great to see the journey of Maverick and to see him become a parent and loving his baby. It was great to see how much a person can grow from a teenager to a parent. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas was a realistic book with powerful messages. I enjoyed Concrete Rose and I recommend it to everyone this book.

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About the author

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000 with George Tillman attached to direct and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg set to star.

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