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International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights 17 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 17-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.

©2021 Angie Thomas (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Angie Thomas Did it Again

One of the greatest books on the market. Dion Graham really brought Maverick to life in the reading! would Highly Recommend!!!

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Perfect prequel to The Hate U Give

I enjoyed this more than The Hate U give. It’s a feel good story i can relate to. A lot of positive characters to encourage positive thought. Great story.

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Another winner from Angie Thomas! Emotional, powerful yet graceful. Great story with a deeper look at the characters and background to The Hate U Give

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  • Dario
  • 2021-01-15

Amazing!

Such an amazing book. Kept me hooked from the jump. Full of heart, humor and healthy dose of reality.

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  • Dayna
  • 2021-01-18

Five Starr!

Angie Thomas is a master storyteller. As a prequel to The Hate U Give, she’s fleshed out all the backstory and has done it well. Her characters are so relatable which makes her books a MUST READ for everyone, because empathy is so hugely lacking these days it seems. I wish anyone who doesn’t “get” the BLM movement would read her books because she creates a world that feels like home, even for someone who lives a different life. You know, it’s easier to hate someone when you can’t relate to their story. The all lives matter set has no perspective. Angie makes people from a different walk of life accessible and I think that’s her gift. I love love love her writing, I love her courage in telling these stories. Bravo, Angie Thomas!

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  • Felicia
  • 2021-01-18

Incredible

You know a book is incredible when you get literal goosebumps at the end. This book taught me a lot about the Black community. I'm thankful for that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-16

The story line was excellent

Every young adult would love it and the true lover of books and talented writers everywhere would enjoy this book!!!

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  • 2021-01-15

Wonderful

Angie Thomas does it again! Another classic. This book was great! I give it 5 stars. If you loved “The Hate U Give” and “On the Come up” you will not be disappointed. She masterfully ties in the Garden Heights world. I can’t wait for a book on Lawless!

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  • Bridget Regan
  • 2021-01-20

Riveting

To be brought into this unfamiliar world and yet find myself entangled with the emotions of these characters, I found this story riveting.

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  • Wendi
  • 2021-01-20

Perfection! Amazing!! Excellent!

I loved 'The Hate U Give. The raw truth of what happens in our poverty stricken neighbourhoods which mostly affect African Americans was on high display with Angie Thomas' novel. Concrete goes back 17 years and we meet Maverick, the heroic father in the Hate U Give. We learn of Maverick's beginning, his influences, his struggles, and the way he deals with having two children while he's still in high school I literally couldn't stop listening. The narrator was on point. I absolutely loved the way the author makes us feel the time period, and allows us to empathize with Maverick's circumstances. The book gives an inside look on the things that happen on the streets of LA and in neighbourhoods riddled with gang violence, drugs, and crime. It allows us to see that people are all equal, but are often times a product of their environment. I was overwhelmed and in awe. I really hope she still continues to wrote books in this series. 5 big fat stars! -Wendi

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  • China Doll
  • 2021-01-19

Angie has done it again

This book is amazing! Started off slow but the best things take time to cook so I’m not mad at that. But what happened to Red and how did Maverick go to jail, and what happened with Moe and Mrs. Carter? Angie I need answers but I love you and your work though 🙌🏽♥️

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  • Sara
  • 2021-01-16

Couldn’t put it down

This book was absolutely amazing!! I couldn’t put it down!! Loved every second of it!