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Concrete Rose

(The Hate U Give #0)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  23,810 ratings  ·  4,394 reviews
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: dea
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Balzer + Bray
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IcyAve Hey, it's 2021. I guess you should wake up now :)…moreHey, it's 2021. I guess you should wake up now :)(less)
Shannon Fay It isn't based on it per se, but it does return to that world, and we get a story about a different character who was in THUG. This is the story of Bi…moreIt isn't based on it per se, but it does return to that world, and we get a story about a different character who was in THUG. This is the story of Big Mav, Starr's father, before Starr was born.(less)

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Angie Thomas is such a talented writer and I loved reading more about the backstory behind the parents in THUG. Maverick was a character I really loved in that book so to get a book entirely focused on him and see all he went through it, I really enjoyed it. The plot is definitely quieter than her other books, but I didn’t mind that so much really. I thought that even though there wasn’t a ton of super dramatic moments it still had enough to keep me intrigued and the characters were distinctive ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
At this point, I am convinced that Angie Thomas can do no wrong. The way she creates characters and atmosphere is something of beauty. 

I think the most special thing about her writing is just how real it is. It's not just that she depicts realistic situations and people, but that her stories feel real. Like these things are happening and you can see and feel these character's frustrations and struggles. You can so clearly understand their emotions and their situations and it's just so great to r
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The apple don’t fall far from the tree, but it can roll away from it. It simply need a little push.”

Angie Thomas did it again. Wrote the perfect book. Tens across the board.

Before I get into this a disclaimer that this is a prequel to THUG so unless you’ve read the book or seen the film this includes major spoilers.

I wasn’t so keen on Maverick as a main character in general, mostly because he is this straight, manly man and I’m…not. But I soon realised that he is easily as relatable as Starr an
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Angie Thomas is so fucking good at what she does. This book was fantastic.

TW: gang violence, gun violence, drug dealing, racism
✧ jules ✧
update: thank you netgalley gods for the arc

angie thomas said let's give my readers what they want, so she gave us maverick's backstory. wake me up when january 2021 begins.
4.5 stars
This was great. I loved reading a book from Mavericks POV and learning more about their family history. Here’s a reading vlog where I read this book and explain more of my thoughts on it:
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
As if there could ever be any doubt that Angie Thomas would deliver. The Hate U Give was a major hit that’s still sitting pretty on the New York Times bestseller list after ✨ 2 0 5 ✨ weeks!! On the Come Up, my favorite of hers, was technically not part of this two-book series, but shares a common setting with the others, and features some of the most memorable characters I have come across. Thomas has really become an auto-read author for me and I’m so glad her books are so widely available to t ...more
Kevin (Irish Reader)
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another amazing read from Angie Thomas!

This book is a prequel to The Hate U Give and it might just be my favourite prequel I’ve read. I really loved reading through the eyes of a 17 year old Maverick and seeing how he dealt with everything he was going through. Family is also a huge theme in this book and I really enjoyed seeing Maverick’s family relationships and dynamics, and also seeing him putting his loved ones first and doing anything he could to provide for them. I also really loved all o
Jun 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't be surprised if this became New York Times bestseller like right now ...more
Preorder placed. The countdown begins!!




Seriously though, really loving the title of this. Hard and soft at the same time. This is going to be moving, y'all.

Let's all put it on our TBRs!

L.C. Perry
Mar 31, 2020 marked it as must-have



And it's Maverick's backstory?!?!?! Angie Thomas, just take my money already.

Y'all you have no idea how important this is. Stories like this are some of the most important because of all the terrible stereotypes it's up against. The stigma around black men from the hood is staggering. They're judged so much by people who don't know a thing about what they go through. It's time we all gained more perspective because black men are not monolithic.
C.G. Drews
Concrete Rose is the highly anticipated prequel novel to the super-famous The Hate U Give! I am always so so curious when authors get to do sequels or prequels...flesh out their world and show us other sides to minor characters. This one is set in the '90s and is about Starr's dad as a 17-year-old. And -- OH WOW -- he was a disaster. But also I ached for Mav and all he went through and just the sheer weight of the burden left on his shoulders. He is still a kid through all of this, and he made s ...more
Larry H
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Angie Thomas' new book, Concrete Rose , is simply amazing. This is a powerful look at the life and challenges faced by a young Black man.

This prequel to The Hate U Give (but you don't need to have read that book first) takes us back to Garden Heights 17 years earlier. Maverick Carter knows his responsibility is to take care of his mom while his father, a former gang legend, is in prison. But the only way for a 17-year-old to truly help his mom is to sell drugs on the side for his gang, th
Sahil Javed
Mar 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary
january 2021 can't come fast enough. angie thomas is back again with what i'm sure is going to be a fucking masterpiece. ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Concrete Rose" may or may not have broken me a bit. "The Hate U Give" was better than this book, but this book was still amazing nonetheless. It's going to be very hard to review this book because it's perfection.

Angie Thomas has a way of writing that makes you want to not stop reading until you're done with the book.
Considering this book is a prequel, I have to say that this book is just amazing.

Prequels can usually go two ways they can either be amazing or trash. "Concrete Rose" was an amaz
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
i fell into this today without meaning to—but once i started, i couldn't stop.

in truth, i shouldn't be surprised. big mav was one of my favourite characters when i first read The Hate U Give all those years ago, a novel that moved me and made me EXCITED and hopeful for the future of diverse publishing. i have starr, maverick, and the carters' fierce love to thank for that.

now that we get to read his story and watch him grow into himself as a seventeen-year-old father-to-be of two... it's been a
Mar 30, 2020 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I really wasn't expecting there to be ARCs but daaaamn


Holy shit, Angie Thomas out here really writing a book about Starr's dad, Maverick Carter, and expects it to get banned like THUG got? WE STAN 👏👏

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4 stars

This book surprised me in the best way possible. I have read all of Angie Thomas published novels as of right now, but I read The Hate U Give, the sequel to this book, 3 years ago and I don’t particularly trust my reviews and bookish opinions of that time. Not to say that you should dismiss every book I’ve reviewed more than 2 years ago, but definitely take those opinions with a pinch of salt. Regardless, I was still looking forward to Concrete Rose because the premise alone was interes
✨ A ✨
Time for me to fall in love with another Angie Thomas book 🙌🏽🤩
Kelsey (munnyreads)
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book with a lot of heart. Concrete Rose has a great balance of heavy, relevant topics and light hearted humor that genuinely made me ‘lol’ at times. I fell even more in love with these characters that I was already so invested in after reading The Hate U Give. Maverick and Lisa are everything and Angie did not disappoint.
NAT.orious reads ☾
Let's be real, folks. We're all over 2020 by now anyway, so we might as well jump straight to January 2021 when this amazing book will grace us. ...more
4 stars
“Son, one of the biggest lies ever told is that black men don't feel emotions. Guess it's easier not to see us as 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.”

Concrete Rose is a prequel to ‘The Hate You Give’ and the story of Starr’s father, Maverick Carter, when he was a teenager.

I love Angie Thomas writing and Mav’s story was so good. Seeing his str
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow! It was amazing to return back to hate U give’s universe and learn more about Mav’s past who was one of my favorite characters.

Angie Thomas is such a powerful author writes heart wrenching, angsty, high tension and also strong, hopeful, emotional novels centered on poverty, lack of opportunities, gangs, struggling, rebellious, fighting teenagers. Her skillful writing captures your attention, her style to pour out her honest feelings to create characters’ predicaments help you to resonate w
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
REALLY excited for this one. I wasn't a fan of ON THE COME UP, but THE HATE U GIVE is one of my all-time favorite YA books and made me feel all the feels.

If this book provides 1/10 of the feels of THUG, I will consider it a raging success.
Whispering Stories
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Concrete Rose is the prequel to the amazing YA novel ‘The Hate You Give‘ which was released in 2017 and is predominantly about Maverick Carter who is the father of the protagonist Starr from the first book. If you haven’t read, The Hate you Give, then I’m not sure this book will mean that much to you.

Seventeen-year-old Maverick (Mav or Lil Don) lives with his mum. He has no siblings and his father who was the King Lord of the neighbourhood is in prison.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is it! Ms Angie is a phenomenal writer.. I was sceptical about this one, worried that I wouldn't connect with Maverick and his story. But Ms Angie weaved a perfect moving story that depicts how some of our black men and women get caught up in gang life. Nobody is born a banger, but real life circumstances will most likely lead you to it. It's never easy to just get out and make a normal honest living when your black skin already sets you at a disadvantage from the minute you're born. How it ...more
Tomes And Textiles
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, pub-epic-reads
Even though I knew the ending, I was so taken in by the journey. Angie knows how to write characters that jump off the page and dialog that hits home. Full review to come


Well, I am here to report that Angie has done it yet again. She has written a brilliant character study of Starr Carter's (from The Hate U Give--is there anyone out that that HASN'T read this one?) father, Maverick, way back in the olden days, as a 17-year old living in Garden Heights.

The journey of reading an Angie Thomas book told in emojis:

There are just so many feelings, y’all. She is such an incredible writer and I can’t wait to recommend this book to my students! Thomas has such a unique way of gripping us and pulling us into the action and hearts of her characters from the first page. Which is why when she rips out the heart of her characters, we feel completely torn in two as well. It’s absolutely amazing.

This was everything I wanted it to be for
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Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walt ...more

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