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Number-one New York Times best seller

From international phenomenon Angie Thomas comes a hard-hitting return to Garden Heights with the story of Maverick Carter, Starr’s father, set 17 years before the events of the award-winning The Hate U Give.

With his King Lord dad in prison and his mom working two jobs, 17-year-old Maverick Carter helps the only way he knows how: slinging drugs. Life's not perfect, but he's got everything under control. Until he finds out he's a father....

Suddenly it's not so easy to deal drugs and finish school with a baby dependent on him for everything. So when he's offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. But when King Lord blood runs through your veins, you don't get to just walk away.

©2021 Angela Thomas (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers LLC

Critic Reviews

"A powerful and important novel." (Observer)

"No one else who writes like Angie. Phenomenal." (The Guardian)

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  • Hannah
  • 08-04-21

Another incredible tale from Angie Thomas

I have given this book 5 stars because I read this book in a week. I first read The Hate U Give when it came out and that had a profound impact on my understanding of modern Black culture, life and history in America. I have since read On the Come Up which is incredible too. Angie Thomas will go down in history as one of the most talented writers of her generation. She has a raw talent that enables her readers to feel her diverse and unique characters, settings and storylines without it being forced. Dion Thomas was a brilliant story teller. I can’t wait for her to write another book and will be looking out for both her and Dion Thomas’ work in the future! Bless ❤️

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  • Jax
  • 10-27-21

Draws you in and keeps you listening.

The story itself, fantastic! Especially if you have read The hate U give.
But what really makes it, is the narrator. He brings the characters to life. You feel like you are right there with them all.

I highly recommend that you give this one, your time.