A review by carlys987
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

challenging dark emotional hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


The character work in this one is so dang good. You can tell how much Angie Thomas has grown as a writer since The Hate U Give, which is saying something because I also really loved that book back in the day. Maverick is a character who will you be so frustrated with, even while you want to let him cry on your shoulder and give him a juice box. He, and everyone in his community, deserve so much more than they have been dealt, and I'm glad that Thomas is telling the stories of people like him.