Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give #0) , #92 review

Publication date : 12 January 2021

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.

This is the companion novel to THUG ; The Hate U Give. Angie takes us back in time to when the older generation of the kids in THUG are teens. The book is centered around Maverick, Starr’s father.

It is not as action packed as her other books. Which was clearly not the point. The point of Concrete Rose is to tell a story. A story of which a series of choices will lead to life altering events in the worst or best way possible and then getting out of the pickle. It is about owning up to the responsibility, taking charge of your life and learning how to bloom like a rose planted by the concrete. Strong, unrelenting, stubborn; a thorn in a bush.

It is family, it is how the Garden will always be, full of plants of other kinds but will band together to protect you from the storm when you need it.

I highly recommend you to read this book. You don’t need to read THUG to understand it, in fact, you might even enjoy the world more if you read this book first then THUG, since the parents came first before they made the children😉. It tells the back stories of each parent so well and juicy that I am left wanting more mOrE MORE of them. Maverick, Lisa, KING, Iesha, even Mr.Wyatt who played a small role in THUG. It is a fresh candid view of growing up into adulthood on the streets as a black man with little money.

Maverick has always been one of my favourite fictional dads. Reading this book made me want to reread THUG and watch the movie adaption again (which BTW is the best AND most accurate adaption ever! It will make you cry from start to finish).

Thank you Angie for the stories, may you continue to bring us raw stories. Thank you (FREAKING MUCH) @definitelybooks for the ARC! Concrete Rose will be available in all good bookstores starting 12 Jan 2021 #pansing

Christmas came early with the arrive of this ARC

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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