Review: Concrete Rose

“Tough situations don’t last. Tough people do.”


Concrete Rose is exactly what you want from a prequel and that is hard to achieve with a book as stunning as The Hate U Give. In Concrete Rose we get the story of Starr’s father, who was a strong figure in her life and the story of The Hate U Give. We see how Maverick works to break the cycle of gang life that he was born into. 

His father is in prison and when the story begins he is slinging drugs and starting out at the base of the King Lord gang. He has a long term girlfriend he adores but he had a slip up and finds out that he’s gotten another girl pregnant. When the mother thrusts the baby upon him, he is forced to leave behind the irresponsibility of boyhood and determine what type of man he wants to be. 

At times you will be very frustrated with Maverick and his decisions but rest assured he begins to mature and become wise beyond his years as his circumstances change. In the end you will understand just how he became the strong ethical father who guided Starr through her own journey in The Hate U Give. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Epic Reads for providing me an ARC of this novel. All opinions above are my own.

What are you planning to read this weekend?

~ Dana

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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