Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

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Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, [2021]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780062846716
006284671X
Characteristics: 360 pages

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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?

SAPL_Teens Jan 20, 2021

Concrete Rose is a very well written and heartfelt book. This book is the prequel to the ground breaking The Hate You Give. Also the protagonist of this story is the father, Big Mav, of Star. This book starts of with our main character Maverick Carter playing around with his gang, the King Lords. Being the son of former leader, Li'l Don, he feels that the King Lord is all he has. But after the shocking discovery that he’s a father, his life is distorted beyond recognition. To top it off, with the lost of a love one, Maverick is forced to make even more unwanted decisions. With the life he knew fading way, Maverick will have to create his own path to a new future. As always, this was a stellar read. I was captivated by their every word, which made it hard to stop. This was a fantastic book that delves deep into heartache, grief, adulthood, and responsibility. I really enjoyed how the characters from The Hate You Give, were littered in throughout. This can be heavy at times, but regardless its a book that is spectacular in every aspect. 4/5 stars - Maade, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

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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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