Jpooh132007, November 29, 2007 (view all comments by Jpooh132007)
The book was a really good book. I would recommend this book to anyone. The book has an encouragement side to it throughout the book. Even though there were some sad parts, it was so interesting that I kept reading. The part of the book that touched me was "The Tears of a Tiger" part where the little brother, Monty went and talked to Andy at the grave. That touched me because it was sad to see that Monty would not have an older brother to look after him anymore throughout his life. The sad part was when Andy took his life away. It saddened me that Andy took his life away and that he did not want to face the cares of life. Overall the book is an awesome book. I recommend it for all teenagers to read it.
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Bree, November 10, 2007 (view all comments by Bree)
I work with struggling readers at the High School level. My students could not put this book down. For some students it was the first book they ever read. They were so excited that Draper also had written books similar to it. Our classroom library is now filled with her stuff. So many of todays youth have problems like the issues that Draper discusses, but they don't know how to deal with it and feel so alone. Tears of a Tiger allowed students to know that they are not alone and that other kids their age also have tragedies in their lives. I fully recommend this book to the reluctant reader. If this book doesn't get the "at risk" kid reading, then I don't know what will.
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crowyhead, September 26, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This concerns Andy, who is trying to overcome depression in the aftermath of a terrible car accident that claimed the life of his best friend. Andy was driving drunk, and while he escaped unscathed, his best friend was trapped in the wreckage and burned to death.
I'm not hugely enthusiastic about this novel. It's definitely a "problem" novel, designed to teach kids something, in this case both about drunk driving and depression. It is told almost entirely in dialog, which makes it a fast read, but because it's all in dialog the characters often say things that ring false -- often much of what is spoken aloud struck me as more likely to be an internal monologue. Also, it forces the author to cover any exposition in either dialog or in the journal entries and letters that pepper the book, which also can seem contorted. Sometimes it reminded me of bad science fiction novels where one character explains a technology to another character when both know how it works. You know, "As you know, Dr. Smith, the thingenometer receives waves from the ploozlewhatsit, and..."
Still, I think the book would be great to recommend to relunctant readers, since it's almost like a movie script or something, and looks very non-intimidating on the page.
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Simon Pulse -
With perceptiveness and compassion, Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in the wake of a devastating tragedy.
In one horrifying night,
Andy's life changed forever...
Andy Jackson was driving the car that crashed one night after a game, killing Robert Washington, his best friend and the captain of the Hazelwood High Tigers. It was late, and they'd been drinking, and now, months later, Andy can't stop blaming himself. As he turns away from family, friends, and even his girlfriend, he finds he's losing the most precious thing of all — his ability to face the future.
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