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Concrete Rose: Introduction
Concrete Rose: Plot Summary
Concrete Rose: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Concrete Rose: Themes
Concrete Rose: Quotes
Concrete Rose: Characters
Concrete Rose: Symbols
Concrete Rose: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Angie Thomas
Historical Context of Concrete Rose
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- Full Title: Concrete Rose
- When Written: 2020
- Where Written: Jackson, Mississippi
- When Published: 2021
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Bildungsroman, Issue Novel
- Setting: Garden Heights
- Climax: Maverick decides not to kill Red to avenge Dre’s murder.
- Antagonist: The Garden Disciples and Ant, as well as Red and P-Nut
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Concrete Rose
Inspiration. Angie Thomas was inspired to write Concrete Rose after Maverick attracted so much attention as a character, both from fans of the book The Hate U Give and fans of the film adaptation (which features actor Russell Hornsby as Maverick).
Pen Names. Thomas didn't choose a pen name to obscure her real identity or influence how her books were received (as J.K. Rowling did; her publishers believed that the Harry Potter series would sell better if it weren't immediately obvious she was female). Instead, Thomas chose to publish her books under her nickname “Angie” because she didn't want to be confused with author Angela Thomas, whose work differs wildly from Angie Thomas's.