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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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Loved it!

This is a must read if you liked THUG! Thomas does not disappoint! I always liked Maverick's character in THUG. I also loved how she made connections to another similar series that I love (Dear Martin and Dear Justyce, by Nic Stone).

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Outstanding

Loved everything about this audiobook- the story, the delivery, the emotion. Just what I needed!

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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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Winner

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-12

Incomplete!

Overall a pretty good book but there are many details that were missing or lacking. I did not care for the narrator interpretation of the female voices but it was a good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-25

Amazing Performance, Amazing Book

I loved THUG, and I was so excited when this came out to read about Maverick’s past. He was one of my favorite characters in THUG and I feel even more connected to him after listening to this book.

The performance by Dion Graham left me speechless and crying at times. He puts the emotion into the pages and I did not want to stop listening.

Thank you for another amazing book Angie Thomas.

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  • Derek
  • 2021-01-22

Stunning, brilliant, and heart-wrenching

The narrator is exquisite and perfect for Mav. Read with tissues ready and a wide open heart.

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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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  • LaTricia Phillips
  • 2021-04-12

love it!

love this book one of my favorite in this book was how Maverick came up with Seven and Star name! Love that!

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  • lisa n.
  • 2021-04-03

so so good

angie thomas does it again! and dion graham was perfection in his narration; absolute perfection. this is a must listen AFTER the hate you give ♡

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  • Raslane
  • 2021-03-08

My favorite book of 2021 so far

If you loved the Hate u give, there is no way you wont enjoy this book.
The narrator is good, the story is good, i don't have a bad thing to say about this book.