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Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

Written by Angie Thomas

Narrated by Dion Graham


Concrete Rose

Written by Angie Thomas

Narrated by Dion Graham

ratings:
4.5/5 (340 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jan 12, 2021
ISBN:
9780063043817
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Long-awaited origin story…

Angie Thomas’ prequel to “The Hate U Give” follows our favorite character from the original novel: Maverick Carter, Starr’s father. At 17, Maverick hasn’t yet grown into the Big Mav we know and love from “THUG”; on the cusp of adulthood, he’s still navigating his way through the expectations of manhood, of his father’s legacy as a gangster, of young parenthood. This is the origin story we’ve all been waiting for, and in Thomas’ masterful hands, it remains fresh and spellbinding.

Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 12, 2021
ISBN:
9780063043817
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose, as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.


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  • (5/5)
    I love it! Just as good as T.H.U.G.. would listen again!
  • (4/5)
    This book was written in such a smooth conversational way, I found myself engulfed in the book. Written more from a young adult’s perspective, it also gave light to different generational view points. The book was given 4 stars instead of 5 because the ending lacked fullness and fell flat.
  • (5/5)
    tão incrível! feliz demais de ter finalizado meu primeiro audiobook e ainda mais por ter sido tão imersivo. superando todas as minhas expectativas. amei!
  • (5/5)
    Angie Thomas is such a phenomenal author her stories are wonderful and characters full of life. This prequel is absolutely amazing, a beautiful story of how a kid became a man. It had me hooked from the beginning, I was really excited to learn about Maverick’s past and how he became who he is in “The Hate you Give.”
  • (5/5)
    ANGIE THOMAS HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!! This was hands-down amazing in every sense!

    I went in thinking that this is a 5-star prediction for me and I was definitely not disappointed. Admittedly, there might have been some relevant details from The Hate U Give that I may have missed, but still, this book D E L I V E R E D what it promised. Concrete Rose follows Maverick Carter before he was even dubbed Big Mav. It tells the story of Mav owning up to his responsibilities as a father at only seventeen years old. Taking care of a kid while being a kid yourself is definitely a tough pill to swallow. Add to that a ground-shaking event in his life that will change him forever. Mav has to accept and live with the fact that he can't simply do the things he used to do before.

    Concrete Rose was hilarious and heartwarming at all the right moments. If you're planning to read this, please listen to the audiobook because the acting and the narration are on point!
  • (5/5)
    Damn... Angie did it again. I get lost in her books! So good!
  • (5/5)
    Dion Graham is a fantastic narrator. And as far as I’m concerned, Angie Thomas could not write a bad book if she tried.
  • (5/5)
    this was absolutely phenomenal, imo i loved it more than The hate u give. maverick was an amazing dad, Lisa was amazing, his Mom was amazing, Dre was amazing, Seven was amazing. Mr. Wyatt was amazing, everything about this book was amazing. READ IT!!!!!!
  • (3/5)
    Wasn't a huge fan of the reader's voice. Very detailed but lacked substance. Angie's first 2 books were better. Needed a redeeming ending, but fell flat.
  • (5/5)
    Great book , loved everything about it from beginning to end !
  • (5/5)
    "A black woman's hair is always serious."

    Well Done Angie, Well Done...
  • (5/5)
    Another brilliant book beautifully read. I laughed and I cried. A fabulous writer.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic! Great story line kept me hooked the entire time
  • (4/5)
    Angie Thomas is a new voice for this generation and Dion Graham can do no wrong. With that combination this audio was a hit!
  • (5/5)
    Such a great story really the narration makes it. Couldn't ask for a better reader. Just wonderful!
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    Woah This Was A Good Book Omg I Love This So Much

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  • (5/5)
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  • (5/5)

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    Couldn’t asked for a great narrator!
    Beautiful story from Angie! ??

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    Angie, you didn’t need to do this. Okay that’s not actually true.

    While I loved THUG, Maverick’s story was what I needed. It is gritty and authentic. More often than not, we see the boys on the block who are slinging, but we don’t stop to question why.

    THUG shoes the audience how Maverick has gotten out of the gang and become this wise dad that his kids look up to. But it’s obvious that his story wasn’t all sunshine and daisies.

    From start to finish, I was heavily engrossed in Maverick’s story. It was heartbreaking, eye opening, and even providing a little comedic relief along the way.

    So much of his story was my own growing up, and to see that reflected on the pages is something that I’m still trying to put into words.

    This book will call into question your biases and privilege, but I implore you to open your mind and let Maverick’s story in.

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