Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 2/5/21-2/6/21

How I Found It: The Hate U Give

When The Hate U Give movie came out, I was immediately on the case to go and see it in theaters (which feels really weird to say when we are a year into a pandemic, but that used to be a thing kids). Since then, I have been pre-ordering all of Angie Thomas’ novels. (I am just realizing that I have not posted a review for On the Come Up, but if you guys would like me to review it, please let me know by leaving a like!)

This book is a prequel to The Hate U Give, focusing on Starr’s father, Maverick, after he learns that he is the father of Iesha’s son. When Iesha leaves their son with him, Mav has to figure out how he can support his family while realizing just how much work it takes to raise a son. Add on top of that Mav’s commitment to the streets and his failing grades, and he has a recipe for trouble. But when his cousin, Dre, gets shot outside his house, Mav feels it is his duty to get revenge. 17-years-old with a son and another child on the way, Mav has to decide what he wants out of life before life takes too much from him.

When I originally read The Hate U Give, I did not process that Mav has only 16/17 when Seven was born. While there are a lot of people from where I grew up that had teenage pregnancies, I am 25 and have never been, so it is crazy to me that people have to balance being a parent while still being a kid themselves. I also thought when I learned that there was a prequel that focused on Mav that we were going to learn about his time in prison. And while I think that this book is a lot better than that, I am not confused as to how we get from the end of this book to when Mav takes King’s charges. Now I kinda want a middle ground book of how we get from point A to point B, but that might just be me. I also think that there is a really good story of when Mav is in prison with his father, especially when we have Mav still seeking his father’s approval at 17.

Also, for fans of Nic Stone, there is a sly mention of Dear Justyce in this novel, so see if you can find it! I am giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 1/28/21-1/30/21

How I Found It: Rereading

Trigger Warning: this book includes descriptions of police brutality, racism, and abuse. If these are triggering for you, please read at your own discretion.

If I can call anything a modern classic, I am going to make this book one. I read this book about 2 years ago before I ever had this blog, but I wanted to reread this one as prep for when I read Concrete Rose.

Starr Carter attends a party when she runs into her childhood friend, Khalil. After shots ring out, Khalil takes her home. When a white cop pulls them over, things go sour fast, and Khalil ends up dead. Dealing with the consequences of the officer’s decision, Starr is forced to come to terms with who she is and how she can be the best advocate for Khalil.

There are a lot of Black Lives Matter books, but this is probably the most famous. The incredibly sad part of our history is just HOW MANY BLM books have come out, purely because we still haven’t reached a point where these protests have solved anything. And while I hope that the other stories for this month are not focused specifically on the movement (because black history is more than just this moment), I think that this is book, and especially this author, are the epitome of popular black culture in today’s literary world. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I encourage literally everyone to read this.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!