Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Available At: DCC (HS), Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek, Rampart

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, Sexual, Violence

Description: Life-altering events change a teenager’s outlook on being in a gang.

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains inexplicit sexual activities; sexual nudity; excessive/frequent profanity derogatory terms; violence; controversial racial social commentary; controversial religious commentary; and alcohol and drug use by a minor.

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Page 7: “Then you got li’l homies like me, King, and our boys Rico and Junie. We handle initiations, recruitment, and sell weed. Next is the big homies, like Dre and Shawn. They sell the harder stuff, make sure the rest of us have what we need, make alliances, and discipline anybody who step outta line.”

Page 10: “She could ball, and she was fine as hell. Plus she had a ass.”

Page 18: “At some point, the condom broke. Now I’m at the free clinic waiting for DNA test results on Iesha’s three month-old baby.”

Page 137: “I help her get out that dress, and she help me get my pants off. We both down to nothing when we slide under her covers. I’m ready to put it down…’If you pull out before you—’”

Page 141: “Me and Lisa lying in her bed, all sweaty and panting. We went at it for hours. A’ight, an hour. A’ight, a’ight, more like fifteen, twenty, ten minutes. Either way, I did the damn thing. This was the first time we ever had sex without protection.”

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