Concrete Rose (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Angie Thomas has tackled the difficult task of writing an interesting prequel to a hard-hitting bestseller. "Concrete Rose" can stand alone, or be read before or after reading "The Hate U Give." It's the story of Maverick Carter (Star's dad), when he was 17 and making oh, so many mistakes in his life. First, he finds himself caring for his 3-month-old son, after the baby's mom ditches the child at the doctor's appointment that revealed him to be the father. Mav goes through a lot, including going back on forth on selling drugs to support himself and his son, nearly being a part of a brutal murder, and dealing with the fallout from that act of violence.

This book would be a great book for young men struggling with gangs, fatherhood, or life in general. It's another good read for those who have liked Angie's other books, and it's bound to stir emotions when certain characters from "The Hate U Give" show up.

— Jessica Holman


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432884741
ISBN-10: 1432884743
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Striving Reader
Publication Date: February 24th, 2021
Pages: 491
Language: English


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