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I was so excited to get this book, I loved the hate u give and I jumped for joy when I found out Angie Thomas was releasing a prequel. I’ve never ordered books off Amazon before but I’m going to continue because it came in perfect condition.
If you haven’t read a book by Angie Thomas, you are missing out. I was late to the party reading The Hate U Give but I was profoundly changed by it. While it is a prequel to THUG,Concrete Rose was outstanding and absolutely stands on its own while also adding a whole new level of experience to THUG.
We follow Maverick Carter at 17 years old. Mav's experiences in a gang, why he is a member to begin with, the loss of those who meant the world to him to gun violence, as well as how he chooses to balance school and fatherhood. Then there is the part-time job he didn't want to take in the first place that turns out to be a source of salvation for him.
As THUG did, Concrete Rose will be a catalyst for many important conversations. Thomas masterfully deals with weighty topics like toxic masculinity and stereotypes against black families (especially black men) and young parenthood. You are given Maverick, all of him. He isn't always perfect and isn't always likeable but he is very real. Thomas is a master at making the reader feel just as invested in his struggles and doubts as he is.
Understanding how Maverick Carter came to be the man we knew from THUG, adds another dimension. You will laugh, cry, cheer and grow right along with him.
Oh wow! Ms. Angie Thomas did it again! This story is filled with feels. And I loved that the characters spoke AAVE to make their story that much more authentic and also realistic. Maverick definitely felt like he got the short end of the stick at times, however, mostly, he was able to take a step back and think things through. He lived up to his name as an independent thinker. Lisa as a teenager was amazing, I loved getting to know her, and seeing how she had dreams and plans for her life. And while she was upset with Mav's lack of plans, she still kind of believed in him, too. Mav's mom was the best! I loved her the most, I think, but at the same time, I also love Mr. Wyatt and Ms. Rosalie. Very well written, this story made my heart both heavy and light, and I can't wait for everyone I know to read it.
Excellent book! Absolutely love that the book is told from a man’s POV. Angie Thomas is a masterful author and weaves in information from other books (On the Come Up and Dear Justyce — read both if you haven’t already!). Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Wish there was a release date for another book in this series.
The only downside to this book is that Angie doesn’t have ten more for me to read immediately. Another great book. I read it in a day because I just couldn’t put it down. Her writing is captivating and impactful. And as always, I had tears streaming down my face at certain parts.
#ConcreteRose is the highly anticipated prequel to #TheHateUGive which follows a young Maverick, son of a former gang legend (who is currently in prison) finds out he is now a father. Mav now has to step up/grow up to take care of his son.
First of all.. All thanks to @angiethomas for getting me out of my reading slump 🥳🥳
This book was great. If you didn't love Maverick from THUG, you really fall in love with him here. This book really gets into why boys, especially black boys might get into gangs and/or selling drugs and so on... And it's not because they want to tear down their community 🙄. It also really delves into toxic masculinity and the notion that men aren't to feel emotions, shouldn't cry.
"One of the biggest lies ever told is that Black men don't feel emotions" - Mr Wyatt ^^^✊🏽🙋🏾♀️
Highly recommend you read this one 😍 This book gets ALL the stars
This book was every thing I expected. This prequel made you respect Maverick even more. He was definitely a rose that grew from concrete. Maverick lived up to his name, independent thinker. I highly recommend this book.
this book starts off slow and ends in a good storyline. it involves the 90s era post Tupac in L.A. i was slightly disapointed in this book and assume it is one of her earlier works not published. because it didnt have the same flow as The Hate U give and On The Come Up. still i commend this writer and remain a loyal consumer of her novels present and yet to come.