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Concrete Rose

(The Hate U Give #0)

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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: dea
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Kindle Edition, 320 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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Angelica
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 to read ab
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♡ jules ♡
update: thank you netgalley gods for the arc

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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.
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Kai
“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
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NReads
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
megs_bookrack
Preorder placed. The countdown begins!!



Earlier:

WE HAVE A TITLE. WE HAVE A COVER.

I AM SO IN LOVE.



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!

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Sana
Mar 30, 2020 marked it as anti-library
Shelves: arcs
I really wasn't expecting there to be ARCs but daaaamn

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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 👏👏

More about the book here
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L.C. Perry
Mar 31, 2020 marked it as must-have  ·  review of another edition
A BLACK MAN.

WITH A DURAG.

ON. A. COVERRRRRRRR.

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.
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Sahil Javed
Mar 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
nat
May 24, 2020 marked it as 2021-publications  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read THUG yet but THIS COVER IS SO AMAZING I STAN THE BLACK EXCELLENCE ...more
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
anya
Jun 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-in-2021
Random Person: What do you see when you look in the mirror of erised?
Me: I? I see myself holding a set of all of Angie Thomas’ books, including that untitled one with no release date or cover that no one knows anything about except for the setting
Random Person: .... that’s nice
Elle
Apr 06, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
The release date of this book just confirms that 2021 is now officially the start of the decade since 2020 decided to be a rude bitch.
Brooke H
Jul 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
*** JULY 5, 2019***

Description: “the main character is not a stranger”

Me: *rereads THUG and OTCU, analyzing and taking note of every single secondary/side character the new protagonist could possibly be* 🕵🏻‍♀️🤔

**JULY 1, 2020**
HOW COME IM JUST NOW SEEING THE SYNOPSIS OF THIS BOOK?! AKJSAJLAKJDSLK!!
Im so excited to learn Maverick's story as a teen!!!😭😭
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ 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.
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✨ A ✨
I will literally read anything Angie Thomas writes

•Release date: 12 January 2021•
Taylor
I need this book YESTERDAY.

(Also, that cover. IT’S EVERYTHING)
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Can we just wait for the ARCs at least before rating something that is not even out on Earth yet?
Kelly
Thomas doesn't write a bad story, and even though I didn't quite know what a prequel to THUG might read like, this was outstanding and absolutely stands on its own while also adding a whole new level of experience to THUG.

Following Maverick Carter 17 years before THUG, we get to know Starr's father as he navigates being a teen father. In one instance, he becomes primary caretaker and in the next instance, he's by the side of the girl who is pregnant with his second child. Mav's father is in pris
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anna grace
Jul 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I barely know anything about this but I already can’t live without it
sarah
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
I AM SO READY FOR 2021
I JUST STOPPED BREATHING I AM SO EXCITED. THANK YOU ANGIE THOMAS
(inactive)
Mar 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anticipating
this is angie thomas’ world and we’re just living in it.
Lo O'Neill
Mar 31, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I have ever been this excited for the news of a new book!! I adored Maverick and cannot wait to read more about his story.

Thank you Angie Thomas for saving 2020 with this news but how am I supposed to keep it together until 2021!!
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Tanya Tate
Mar 30, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
So in a sense
A prequel to T.H.U.G dealing with Maverick,Starr's father aka probably one of the best characters in T.H.U.G set 17 years before T.H.U.G.
SIGN ME THE FUCK UP!!
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Brianna:)
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic development of Maverick’s character. “Concrete Rose” explores the life of Maverick Carter, better known as Starr Carter’s dad in the bestselling “The Hate U Give.” This prequel gives readers a deeper look into the kid Maverick was and the man he was forced to become.
I liked Mav before “Concrete Rose,” but now I have a larger appreciation for his character. He was just seventeen when we found out he was the father of Seven, Starr’s brother. A few weeks later and Mav is carryi
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Sara
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's perfect - I loved it! ...more
Booktastically Amazing
*looking at empty hands* *looking at empty bedside table* Um...where is it?!
sol
WHY THE FUCK IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS???

HELLO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT CHAIN OF GOLD AND HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD AND LOOK AT THIS BOOK

JESUS




(no hate i also am rlly excited for house of earth and blood and chain of gold)
Kristen
So, I forgot that Starr's dad was named Maverick Carter until the very last page of this book. I mean, it's been years since I read "The Hate U Give", and I have yet to see the movie (I'm notoriously bad at consuming visual media in a timely manner), so it totally slipped my mind! I just saw Angie Thomas' name on the NetGalley list of available ARCs, and I snapped it up fast. I really enjoyed T.H.U.G. when it first came out, and have always enjoyed what an easy recommendation it is for reluctant ...more
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thank you to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

I can’t even tell you how high up on my most anticipated reads this book was, and it was everything I hoped it would be! I preordered a hardcover of this about 20 seconds after it was available, because I just knew Angie Thomas would give me another new favourite book.

This one follows the life of 17 year old Maverick Carter, Starr from The Hate U Give’s dad, as he navigates school, his place on
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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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