Angie Thomas gives us an intimate portrait of a young man at a critical point in his life. I ached with every decision he made and every misstep he took. When I wasn’t reading, I worried about this fictional character, truly the sign of a brilliant writer. Riveting and real, I highly recommend this prequel to The Hate U Give.— Jamie
This is the story of Maverick Carter, father of Starr and Seven from The Hate U Give. Seventeen-year-old Mav is still in high school when he finds out he’s a father. His own father, a legendary King Lords gang leader, is in jail, and Mav knows he must change to raise his children in a different world. But change isn’t easy when you are expected to act a certain way. This remarkable coming-of-age story has characters that will move you and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading. A terrific prequel.— Marilyn
International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen 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 seventeen-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.
Angie Thomas is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novels The Hate U Give, On the Come Up, and Concrete Rose, as well as Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth. A former teen rapper who holds a BFA in creative writing, Angie was born, raised, and still resides in Mississippi. You can find her online at www.angiethomas.com.