Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas Review

So Angie Thomas has slowly become one of my favourite authors in the last year or so and when I found out a prequel to THUG was coming out I needed it in my life. So does it do its job as a prequel very well?

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.

Instantly getting back into this story was amazing, being able to see Stars parents being her age from THUG was great and getting to see how they were as teenagers was great especially after being so invested in Stars storyline.

Mav as a character was great, as I did spend a lot of time wondering what he was used to like as you do get a few mentions in THUG but not enough, but after reading this you will find that just about all your questions are answered.

Seeing Mav grow from the character he was at the start of the book to the parents trying his dam hardest to be able to provide for his son and his future daughter is simply put beautiful. You get to see him at his highest with his son as well as being at the lowest and person I think Angie Thomas does a great job in showing the world the struggles of being a single parent.

Speaking about that, Mav struggles so much as a single parent trying to finish school, getting money and trying to overcome his old life and that itself is a journey. However Angie Thomas shows the world just how hard Postnatal depression can affect a woman after giving birth and I think that is an element that a lot of people aren’t going to notice.

To put it simply as possible, this book does so much to show people the struggles in numerous different situations as a teenager especially if life hasn’t been perfect for them. As a prequel to an amazing stand alone, it does its job to a very high standard and makes me just want to read even more of her work.

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