Can’t Wait Wednesday – CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas.  I’m a huge fan of both The Hate U Give and On the Come Up so I’m really excited to read something new from Angie Thomas.  I also love that this is a prequel to THUG and that it gives us some background on Maverick Carter, Starr’s dad. I loved his character so much in THUG so I can’t wait to learn more about him.


CONCRETE ROSE by Angie Thomas

Publication Date:  January 12, 2021 by Balzer & Bray


From Goodreads:

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.


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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

18 replies
  1. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    The Hate U Give was so very good. This sounds like it will be another great book. I still haven’t had the chance to read Thomas’s On the Come Up, although I hear that on is really good as well. I hope you get a chance to read this one and love it, Suzanne!

  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    The cover alone, and how the young man looks at the reader is telling you everything. I didn´t read The Hate U Give but this one sounds very interesting and together they seem to round up a wonderful story. Happy reading and thank you for sharing this. Stay safe and well.

  3. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I loved Starr’s father as well! Such an amazing character and he played such a pivotal role in creating such a strong and beautiful daughter. I can’t wait for this one as well. Brilliant choice Suzanne!

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