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The Rose That Grew From Concrete

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Tupac Shakur
Monday, Jul 25, 2016

This is a collection of over 100 poems written by Tupac Shakur when he was 19. They confront topics from poverty to motherhood. They are presented in his own handwriting on one page and a typed version on the other.

Okay, seriously, I don't get all the fuss about this. While there are a few nice lines here and there, the bulk of the poetry is pretty juvenile. Which is fine, he was 19. He writes about girls more than anything else, which is understandable. Again - 19. I guess I just don't understand why his adolescent poetry is considered so much better than other adolescent poetry. Does it give us some insight into him? Sure, I suppose, but nothing too deep and/or surprising. Maybe I just missed something, but I was expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't. I think if Tupac hadn't rose to fame and then was murdered, no one would think twice about this book. It's all about who he became, not how good this early work is.

Fans of Tupac/2Pac will appreciate this collection of poems.

This review was contributed by: 
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC

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