Angie Thomas is the author of the powerful YA novel The Hate U Give. The book was adapted into the popular film of the same name. She has recently written a third book called Concrete Rose.
The novel will be published by HarperCollins on January 12, 202. It takes the readers back to Garden Heights 17 years prior to the events of The Hate U Give to tell the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father. Like her first novel, Thomas says she also expects Concrete Rose to be banned.
The first book follows the inspirational and heartrending story of Starr, a young black girl pulled between her fancy prep school and her poor black neighborhood. It was released in 2017. Since it’s release, Thomas has received global acclaim for her honest prose that gives a voice to young black teens in America and the challenges they face.
Concrete Rose is a fast-paced, moving story about what it means to be a young black man—and father— in America. The novel tracks Maverick’s beginnings as he navigates becoming a father to Starr’s older brother, Seven when he’s just 17.
“Of all characters who really just stayed with me, Maverick was at the top of that list,” Thomas, told PEOPLE in an exclusive interview about the book. “And what was fascinating to me was once readers started reading The Hate U Give and then when the film came out, he was the character that I was asked about the most.”