Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

Book - 2021 | First edition
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Maverick feels strongly about family ties, making choices he feels necessary to help support his mom while his King father serves time, and leave him literally holding his son in a doctor's waiting room after he gets paternity test results back and his babymomma ghosts. Now the child he's raising is impacting the lives of his family and his girlfriend, and the gang life he led to support them all financially could leave them all bearing his responsibilities since it endangers his life. It looks like he may have been offered a chance to go straight, but leaving the King Lords won't be easy, and a "real" job has high demand for low return.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2021]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780062846716
006284671X
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Tho
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Thomas, Angie

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red_alligator_6705
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".

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yellow_mustard
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.

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orange_ape_301
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
P.S I admire you :)
I love to do art I would love to be a cover artist for someone it is like my dream. :)

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.

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lola_jane
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.

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WoodneathTaylor
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.

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LycheeLily
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.

TSCPL_Miranda Jan 21, 2021

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.” --Tupac Shakur
This prequel did not disappoint! Angie Thomas writes books about flawed characters who are learning and growing in challenging circumstances. Concrete Rose references the Tupac poem above, and it's the perfect title for Mav's story. Maverick Carter's father is a gang member who is in prison, and his mom works like a dog to keep the lights on. Maverick joined a gang too, because if you don't claim a color, no one has your back. His cousin Dre looks out for him and won't let him sling anything harder than weed, but Maverick is tired of being broke, and he gets in deeper than his cousin thinks. As the story opens, Maverick finds out that he's a father, following a one night stand. Being a father, a Dad, means something to Maverick, so he takes a job at a local grocery store, starts helping his mom with the bills, and steps up. Readers won't be able to help but cheer for Mav as he learns about gardening, works hard, loves his son, and tries his hardest to avoid being pulled under by the violence and crime that have shaped his years. Will he make it, or will his past decisions make his dreams impossible?

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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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