Thursday, May 13, 2021

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas - HIGH

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
, 360 pages. Balzer + Bray (Harper Collins), 2021. $20. 

Language: R (100+ swears 16 'f'); Mature Content: R (sexual situations, teen pregnancy); Violence: R (gang violence, gun violence). 



17yo Maverick got his best friend's girlfriend pregnant, when the paternity test showed Mav as the father, Iesha left the baby behind at the clinic - so now Mav is responsible for the baby full time. His cousin Dre encourages him to stop selling drugs and be a responsible father, so he gets a job working after school at the neighbors grocery store to help out with the bills, even though it means a lot less money, his priorities start to shift and he has to make some hard decisions. 

Angie Thomas - I love everything she writes. Concrete Rose, a prequel to The Hate You Give, is a gripping story that was hard to put down. Maverick had a lot on his plate - in a gang, father in prison, taking care of a baby, not doing well in school and not thinking much about the future. Honest and realistic characters - I loved his mom, making Maverick take responsibility for his actions, his friends and other adults both good and bad influences make his choices even more difficult. Can be read independent of The Hate You Give as it stands on its own, but the two together are great companions. 

Lisa Librarian

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