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Concrete Rose

author: Angie Thomas (2021)
date read: 26 August 2022
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

This is the prequel to The Hate U Give; it takes us back to Garden Heights seventeen years earlier to meet a young Maverick. We see how he was ensnared by gangs, the birth of his two children, getting his start at Mr Wyatt’s store, his relationship with his father, and becoming the person we see in the original book.

It retains a lot of the good bits of the original book: the style, the tone, the authenticity. It was another book that was easy to read, even if the subject matter is heavy.

I wasn’t quite as hooked as the original, possibly because I knew where the story ended up. For example, I didn’t get any suspense with his relationships with Iesha and Lisa, because I know the endgame – but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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