Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 12, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
“It’s kinda like how we have to do with ourselves. Get rid of the things that don’t do us any good. If it won’t help the rose grow, you’ve gotta let it go.”
Angie Thomas has not put out a bad book yet. All of her books have been absolute hits for me! Concrete Rose is no exception.
This was fun to read to see characters from THUG in their younger years. I had so much respect for Maverick in Starr’s book and so I really enjoyed reading about him at her age.
This book is fairly short at 360 pages. I blew through it in a couple days and it was utterly addicting to read. I think I would recommend THUG then Concrete Rose in terms of what order to read these in.
Thomas has mastered the ability of balancing raw topics with humor and knowing exactly how to get to the core. There were a few times I found myself tearing up and even more times that I was laughing out loud. She places you right in with the characters as their bantering back and forth and you feel like a fly on the wall or part of the group.
This was definitely a great way to start off 2021.