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Concrete Rose (2021)

by Angie Thomas

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Series: THUG (Prequel)

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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.

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Gr 9 Up—In this prequel to The Hate U Give, readers learn the backstory of Mav, Starr's father, and the tough
decisions he had to make about fatherhood, relationships, and gang life. With complex characters, sensory
language, and high emotional stakes, this book expands on the intricate worldbuilding of Garden Heights and its
residents.
  BackstoryBooks | Apr 1, 2024 |
Maverick did a great job capturing early parenthood, he like all of us struggled with making the best decisions for his family, but mantained likability through the book which is something similar books struggle with for me. ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
I've been a fan of Thomas' writing since "The Hate U Give" was published. This is the needed story of Maverick and the events that shakes him and his life. Uplifting, funny and sad all at the same time. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 22, 2023 |
A prequel to The Hate U Give, this YA novel follow’s Starr’s father as a 17-year-old trying to figure out his life between school, wanting to leave the King Lords gang, and new fatherhood. Like THUG, Concrete Rose is so wonderfully written and also powerful and important. It’s another one for the list of books that all high school students should read – and a lot of adults, too. ( )
  electrascaife | Sep 2, 2023 |
I'm about to say something sacrilegious....

I liked this book BETTER than "The Hate U Give"

"The Hate U Give" was written at a time of racial unrest (the beginning of it really). It tackled police relations, protesting, standing up, etc. It was eye opening and due to its well written nature, very deserving of the awards it won.

"Concrete Rose" is written in a universe set before "The Hate U Give." Instead of race relations, we tackle gang violence. The lack of positive role models and father figures in young black men's lives. I LOVED Maverick's story, a young man who has gotten two different women pregnant by being stupid. Yet he wants to be better. He knows he can't end up like his dad (who is behind bars). Maverick knows that if he slings drugs, while he earns more money, his life is at greater risk to end far too early. What about his children? What about his mother who needs him to help pay the bills?

This is a story that is JUST as relevant to the Black experience as "The Hate U Give." I wish "Concrete Rose" was getting equal publicity. It deserves it!! I encourage you to try it for yourselves!! ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
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Seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is a "little homie" in the King Lords, selling drugs on the side to help tide things over at home. But his heart isn't in it – and when he hears he's about to become a father, he's determined to extricate himself from the dangerous gang life that has claimed so many of his family and friends. Walking away, however, is not so easy. Thomas's prequel to the award-winning The Hate U Give investigates the pride and pain of being a black boy on the brink of manhood with inimitable humour, clarity and pathos.
 

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Angie Thomasprimary authorall editionscalculated
Graham, DionNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For all the roses growing in concrete.
Keep blossoming.
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When it comes to the streets, there's rules.
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Historical Fiction. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:

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.

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