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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, heIn 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....

Title : Die Nacht Des Tigers
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ISBN : 9783473351893
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Number of Pages : 223 Pages
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Die Nacht Des Tigers Reviews

  • Charniece
    2019-03-26 12:07

    "Tears of a Tiger is one of my favorite books. It’s about a boy who blames himself for the death of his best friend after a basketball game. From the very beginning it had me hooked. The book had me in tears within the first couple of pages. This continued through out the book, like an emotional roller coaster. I Loved the plot of the story because it was realistic and their was no story book ending. The author did an amazing job of writting the story and planning out the plot, the plot was amazing. The book is also one of my favorites because it was very realatable. It also was an easy book to relate to because it deals with the normal things of a teenager living in violent Philadelphia. Many teen s deal with death in the " City Of brotherly Love".Within the first couple of pages a great victory occurs, however it is followed by a horrible tragedy. A high school basketball team wins a game, great victory. The star players are excited and wanted to go out and celebrate. They end up drinking and driving. They get into a car accident and three of the boys escape the car before it catches fire. However one friend is stuck in the car and the boys stand there helplessly as they watch and hear their friend burning to death. I was in tears, and it had me hooked. I couldn’t put the book down because I just had to finish reading and find out what would happen. The author grabbed my attention in the very beginning and never let it loose throughout the book. I love the way the author tells the story. She doesn’t just tell the story through narration. She tells it through phone conversations, letters, and newspaper articles. She even includes the high school newspaper and the student’s personal essays they had to do for homework. Each element tells the story, and each has a different point of view. This really added to the book because you just weren’t told a story you were shown the story through every way possible. This book it also part of a series of books that tell the same story but through different people. Finally, I loved the book because it was easy to relate to. As a teenager who has lost both of her parents to natural causes. I am really well with death so all the death that occured in this book really triggered a lot of emotions for me. It was about teenagers dealing with school, relationships, the streets, and just everyday life. It really touched me when their friend was kilt. They all talked about how they thought they would live forever because they were young. Especially Robbie Washington, the won who was killed because he was the star basketball player and had a bright future ahead of him. It really goes with the saying we have today, “da good die young”. Especially today because it seems like every young person knows at least one friend that was kilt at a very young age. To conclude, this is a very good book and I would recommend it to all teenagers to read. It is a very touching book. You can also actually learn from this book, and it teaches you a good life lesson. The book is very engaging, especially the way the Author writes. I think all young people can relate to this book and learn something.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-17 06:52

    Another YA novel for class. 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.

  • Cindy Newton
    2019-04-03 09:59

    I read this in preparation for a reading workshop with my remedial students. It seems like something that would interest them; we shall see. They are already intrigued by the cover and the fact that basketball is involved in some way. I'm curious to see whether they will share my opinion, which is that I feel like the author is trying too hard to sound like a street kid.I don't think she necessarily got any slang incorrect--it's just that it didn't ring true for me. It didn't feel authentic. My experience with kids who talk like that, with that terrible grammar--"she be tripping!", for example--is that their conversations are liberally sprinkled with profanity. They find it extremely difficult to talk without cursing, and their favorite adjective is the f-word. To read these conversations without it just didn't sound real. I know she couldn't include it and still market the book as YA, but it really caused the dialogue to come across as false to me.Her chosen issues and the messages she sends are good and well-intentioned--especially the one about drinking. I didn't buy the suicide message as much. I guess not being privy to Andy's thoughts for more than a couple of pages here and there wasn't enough to convince me of the depths of his depression. I found his actions seemed to be rather abrupt and unnatural. I'm curious to see how my kids react to the story. I feel like there is a real possibility that they will also think Draper is trying too hard. Then again, they may love it and be totally engaged. That is definitely the outcome I'm hoping for!

  • Laura Anne
    2019-04-19 09:47

    This story really is told in a cool way because it incorporates all different genres. It begins with a newspaper article saying that a high school student was killed while his friend was driving drunk the night before. Then the author uses conversations, letters, journals, homework assignments to talk about how the driver (Andy) how his friends either cope and heal or drown in grief. I really enjoyed Tears of a Tiger and thought it gave a good perspective of what life is like for teens after such a horrible tragedy.

  • Alla
    2019-03-30 09:55

    This book was about a boy named Andy, trying to live through life normally the way when his best friend was still alive. His best friend died in Andy's car while it was burning up in to flames. Things might of been better for Andy if he didn't see his best friends death, but now he has to forget about the past, and live his present while it lasts for a while.

  • Natty
    2019-03-23 07:43

    To start off, this book was mandated by my middle school. I didn't pick this book off of a shelf, and I wasn't sold by another reviewer raving about "a story you'll never forget" either. I read it because I had to. I read it with low hopes to be fair. It seemed so short, so clean cut, for something that was intended to be raw. Much like some of my other book reviews, we have mixed emotions on my part. To start off with everything, I must say that this book deals with drunk driving, resulting depression, and an even more aforementioned suicide. Yes, in this book we get a special '3 for 1' offer! I hate including spoilers in any review, because if people were interested in such details they would read a summary instead. In this case, I am willing to provide an exception. Therefore you are hearing an unfiltered, unadulterated rant from a 13 year-old girl, in the flesh. Ready? Got it.Andy, our main man here, was driving under the influence with three of his buddies (alcohol amiright?), one of them dies as a result of their carelessness (this guy is named Rob, although I pretty much forgot about him whilst reading), Andy suffers from depression (because he was the driver that killed his best bud), he eventually kills himself around 20 pages before the book ends.There.I just told you the whole premise of this book.I hate the glorification of suicide. Although I may not be suicidal myself, there is one current person in my life that gives me fear because of their tendencies. To this day, this unnamed person is still alive, but I cannot say they are well. I read "Tears of a Tiger" almost immediately after reading another school mandated book called "Thirteen Reasons Why". I hope I'm not the only one that has noticed this eighth grade reading trend. Killing yourself seems to be really popular with the school administrators. Books like these DO NOT belong in a middle school classroom full of reluctant readers. It DOES NOT belong in such a curriculum.It doesn't belong with a room full of people who can't even begin to form an understanding of hating oneself or one's life so much they are willing to end it. Most of them don't even know what it's like to love someone who does. Or at the very least know them. A majority of my peers don't even have an interest in broadening their knowledge on mental health, or other issues. This type of literature isn't going to enrich lives this way. Just to make it clear, this book isn't even the right way to present suicide period. It fails miserably at its job.Andy seemed like someone who took the easy way out, and killed them self based on the most selfish reasons possible. This isn't a good message for impressionable 13 year olds. (Neither is Hannah Baker's choices in 13RW, but that review is yet to come.)Much like Hannah from 'Thirteen Reasons Why', they both exit this world leaving those around them to fend off their own pain. They both blatantly ignore those that love them. These two teens didn't live with abuse, didn't live with mental health issues before their lives were stunted with problems. Hell, Hannah goes through things MOST TEENS have to deal with.They kill themselves based on their personal interest, willing to leave behind a world of hurt. Andy committed a mistake, but he never learned to deal with said repercussions. He never thought of what his deceased friend would want for him. He never gave a second thought about his younger brother, arguably the person he showed the most love towards throughout this book. I didn't shed a tear while I was forced to read through the terrible writing style presented by our one and only Sharon M. Draper. The only point of this book that I could give two shits about is when I read the last two pages of it.When I had to read about a 6 year old missing his older brother because he was gone, gone forever.The writing was boring, and I hated the prose it possessed. Figurative language was bland. Everything seemed meticulously calculated, and the dialogue suffered as a result. That was not how people spoke, even if it was 2 decades ago. I'm sure we could go back to the 1920's and get something more reasonable than the shit these characters were spewing out of their mouths or onto paper.The way Draper portrayed the speech of most of our characters made me clearly cringe. Their purposefully poor grammar at times made me question where the racial equality of this book was supposed to shine. Race was underlying in this book, and it was introduced and implemented in the worst way possible. Sub-par is a wonderful way to express the entirety of this novel. Not once was I able to empathize with the thoughts of anyone in this book. I could SYMPATHIZE with them. I felt sorry for those that suffered loss, and those with conflicting emotions. But I could never truly place myself in someone's shoes happily. I was unable able to say: "Wow, I understand what you mean, I'd say the same thing. Or maybe someone I know would say the same thing. Bottom line I get where you are coming from." Maybe it's because I'm white, I'm a female, I have no clue. But if one is to truly give a topic justice, you focus on that one topic solely, and present it in a way that's worthy. This book wasn't bad. The general idea of presenting information in various ways (offhand conversations, letters, newspaper articles etc.) was a success in its own right. Some characters seemed interesting, such as Andy's friend B.J (Side Note: Why couldn't he be the main character instead of Andy. That way we could've chopped off the whole DUI thing and made it a religious book. At least there we would have stuck to some sort of main idea *scoff*). The fact that there are two sequels begs to differ if there is some underlying promise in the series.As a result I give this book 2.5 stars, for the sliver of clarity it offered, and moreover, the respect I give anyone who is even willing to write about such a taboo topic in the first place.I recommend this for anyone who can resonate with suicidal tendencies, depression, drinking and driving, or the loss of a friend.And since I might as well turn this into a PSA, remember that "ending it" isn't the answer. Do some people end it? Yes. But they are wrong. They are not cowards per se, if anything, they are blinded. Blinded by underlying emotions that can only be dissected with love, care, and support.If you or anyone you know suffers from suicidal tendencies, never hesitate to call a toll free suicide hotline. Help a life, save a life.[Any more thoughts will be edited in by yours truly.]*EDIT* This has been demoted to 2 stars. Screw my kindness towards it!

  • Alysan
    2019-04-06 12:48

    This book really sparked my attention as soon as I read the back. I honestly enjoyed this book because (*SPOILER ALERT*) this is the first book with suicide and it is a very overwhelming book. Something really interesting about this book is that it gives different aspects on the main characters. What I mean by that is, you will see different characters’s letters and reports. This shows their emotions and how they feel about different situations that happens. Another thing that's very interesting about Tears of A Tiger is that the antagonist isn't a human-being instead it's a internal force. In most cases the antagonist is an external force instead of a internal which makes this book more engaging. Moreover, Tear of A Tiger is very exciting book. This book is definitely a must! I definitely give this book 5 stars! I don't know how to end my book review in a funny way so BOOM.Me when I found out the book was over.:|

  • Amanda Blackburn
    2019-04-17 11:59

    I'd LOVE to read an updated version of this book (written pre cell phone era). Kids may have trouble "connecting." Good writing style - love the different formats in ea chapter. Good message about how news to ask for help. Good story - just needs an update.

  • Joyce Yattoni
    2019-04-09 10:01

    I just read this new addition to the classroom "coming of age" book clubs. It is a raw, honest look at the possible outcomes of what happens when adolescents make terrible decisions. Many young adults say that they would never put themselves in a situation such as 17 year old Andrew Jackson, basketball prodigy and scholarship athlete. As a community and society we know that sometimes this is not the case. Sometimes young adults do succumb to peer pressure to drink alcohol when they are not ready. Sometimes young adults do drink and then try to drive. Most of the time this turns into a tragedy. This is a story about what can happen when terrible decisions are made. Because this novel deals with mature themes such as drinking, depression and suicide I recommend for more mature readers.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-31 06:59

    3.5 rounded up

  • Elizabeth D
    2019-04-18 06:51

    This book is one of my favorites. It’s so emotional and just powerful. I haven’t read it in years but I could never forget it. Will definitely be picking it up soon.

  • Kate
    2019-04-07 11:45

    A fast read. Probably best for the 10-14 age group. Touches on issues like driving under the influence, depression, suicide, etc

  • Justine Sumaya
    2019-03-29 05:59

    When my class was told of the books that they were to pick from and read, Tears of a Tiger honestly was not my first choice. The summary we had to read really didn't interest me, and it was far from the books I usually read; however, a voice in my head just wouldn't let me leave until I choose this book. Frankly, I’m glad it didn't. Going into this novel I was very weary for the fact being that I was always one for sad-romance, but this book didn't fail to leave me in tears a few times. Tears of a Tiger’s well structure style of writing and multiple perspectives made the book more interesting to read and far more touching. Seeing a situation three to four different ways makes you change your opinion many times and understand why each character did what they did.Tears of a Tiger was quick to get to the main idea, and that was one night of drinking and driving can cause a ripple effect of pain and suffering. The novel branches off of this idea and the reader is able to see how the decisions of a few high school teens affects everyone around them. Tears of a Tiger was good for showing how the decisions we make today do affect the lives of those around us; even the lives we fail to acknowledge or the lives that we think would be better off without us. Sometimes life becomes too hard to handle and we as humans forget that we were put on this earth for a reason and we need time to figure that reason out. One mistake, no matter how big it is, does not define us as people. Life is full of mistakes but they are never something we should regret, just something we should look back on as a lesson. Tears of a Tiger wasn't just fictional, it was realistic in the sense that everything that happens in the novel happens in real life too. High school is filled with misunderstood teens, drinking, crushes, and death; we may not experience all of these things, but we are all affected by them. A high school is a community with in itself and when something tragic happens it affects the students and staff as a whole. Students, staff, and parents will come together for support while a few start to feel hopeless and overwhelmed by whatever is going on. Tears of a Tiger does a good job of describing each of these elements to the core and is a good representation of no matter how much you try to help yourself or how much others try to help you, the decisions you make can be major obstacles stopping your from overcoming what needs to be overcome.Over all I felt that Tears of a Tiger was a fantastic novel and I absolutely recommend others to read it. This book has taught me a few things and one of them I would like to share with anyone who reads this review; please don't be afraid to ask for help. No matter how hard it may seem or how much you feel like no one will understand, I promise that someone out there will. You just have to give them a chance. Think about the consequences of each action as you make them and know its never too late to change your mind. You are better than you think you are, and you’re stronger than you know.

  • Allegra
    2019-04-10 07:46

    Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper was a fabulos book. This multi-genre book is a must read! The characters we truly interesting. Andy, Keshia, Rhonda, and Robby the main characters in my opinion. Andy is the star basket ball player of Hazelwood High school, the captain. Rhonda is the girlfriend of Tyrone and help Keshia out along the way. Keshia is Andy's girlfriend and helps out Andy through the rough times and is very important to Andy. Robby was on the basketball team along with his mates Andy, Tyrone, and Gerald. But unfortunately Robby was killed in a car crash with his friends Andy, BJ, Tyrone, and Gerald. Now the setting was hard to figure out because there was no evidence of where the book took place. After a while looking back through the book I started to brain storm ideas of where it might take place. What I believe would be the most reasonable setting would have to be Florida, Ohio, Because while reading the book you can find clues. In the beginning Andy, Robby, Tyrone, Gerald, and BJ went for a drive drunk and crashed on the highway, everyone made it our of the car before it went up in flames but weren't able to get there friend Robby out. Robby was burned to death in the flames. After the accident the four boys weren't the same, Keshia and Rhonda felt bad for the boys and tried to do anything they could to make them feel better (mostly their boyfriends). Even student and teachers who didn't know Robby still cried for his death. At the end of the book Andy makes decision to commit suicide. Everyone wrote letters to Andy saying how they'll miss him and how he was stupid, and how the hate him for what he did. Andy's problem was depression and the way he solved his depression was to commit suicide, he ran away from his problem instead of bringing strong and facing them. Keshia's problem was Andy. He was to clingy for her and the way she solved her problem was for her to break up with him. Rhonda and Robby didn't quite have a problem to be solved because Rhonda wanted what everyone else wanted, for everyone to be happy and wish the pain everyone was feeling would go away. Robby's only problem was that he was dead, and there isn't anything he can do about that. The most interesting thing about this book was when Andy made the decision to leave the world. I dislike how Andy and Keshia broke up , If they would have stayed together just a little longer Andy probably would have killed himself because Keshia would be there for him but instead she was selfish and only thought about herself. I would recommend this book to readers who like realistic fiction because this book was something that happened in real life.

  • Steven Castaneda
    2019-04-21 11:11

    In the novel Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper, Andy and his friends talk about their plans for the night after their basketball game that they just played and won and so they went to making plans to drink beers and hang out and go to a party. Later that night, the car they're driving crashes. Andy and B.J. and Tyrone somehow were able to get out of the car but Rob couldn’t make it out of the car and later on died from an explosion. Andy's license gets suspended and has to take Alcohol Rehabilitation classes. However, Andy seems to be getting over the death of Rob. The only person Andy tells his true feelings to is Keisha and thats at school. Even sometimes at school he takes himself out of things and doesn't participate in class activities. Towards the end of the year close to the Talent Show.. Keisha gets really fed up with how Andy’s acting and its been going on for awhile and so she breaks up with him. The next couple days Andy doesn't come to school. However, in the mean time Rhonda goes to his house after school to give Andy homework of the missing days but when she shows up, Andy’s mother and brother Monty were walking up around the same time.. Monty sees blood on the ceiling in the house, so it left him wondering and that caused his mother to go upstairs to Andy's room to walk in and to see that he has committed suicide.Andy is dealing with depression and guilt. His friends really tried to help him and specially his girlfriend. I feel like Andy falls in victim to the no one understands me or real men don't show vulnerability mind set and which is a lie because everyone shows vulnerability, and it just so happen to be Andy’s bad struggle.The message has a strong meaning to it don't drink and drive, don't be afraid to look vulnerable and get help. I liked that the novel opened my eyes about friendships and why you should stay close to people. You never know if something like this could happen in your life. I would recommend this book to sports players and everyone, and to those who think it's okay to drink and drive, so they can really understand the reality of what could happen to them or someone they care about, within’ seconds. It wasn't my favorite novel that I've read although I see the value of reading it and the understanding of the book.

  • Devin Lourenco
    2019-04-21 06:47

    this is my second time reading the book tears of a tiger by Sharon Draper,i don't remember finishing it the first time around but i remembered getting into the story and that it was a touching book. The book is about a group of basketball players in highschool who are all friends and one night after a game they decided to have few beers and drive around town after a big win. that night andy jackson, the main character of the book was driving intoxicated and got into a bad wreck, killing one of his best friends/ teammate robert washington. throughout the book it is about how andy jackson is living with himself after the accident that happened. people can tell how much he has changed and how it has affected his life in high school. it also shows hoe has been going to a therapist and he gets a lot of help from him. throughout the book you can still tell how it is killing him inside and he doesn't really talk much how he feels unless its to his therapist or his girlfriend. towards the end of the book him and his girlfriend end up breaking up because all of the stress he was going through and she felt attacked by it all. so he loses one of the people he talks too and when there was no one else to talk to he tries to call up his therapist but he was unavailable do to a family emergency so andy feels lost and didn't know what to do. later that next day his family comes home to see that andy has killed himself. he took his life because he felt like it should have been him that died instead of robert washington and he had no one that could understand him and listen to him. i think that this is a great book to read, it is not that difficult of a book and it is easy to get into especially if you like sports. it hops around a little from like journal entries and shows what other peoples input, it shows what other kids that andy hangs out with got to say about the things that are going on around school and what is happening with andy during the hard times he is going through.

  • Karen
    2019-04-05 08:54

    This book is the sequal Sharon's Forged by Fire. At the end of Forged by Fire, a car crash has taken place with the protagonist's friends because of intoxication. One of their buddies ends up dying, Robert Washington, and the protagonist of Tears of a Tiger, Andrew Jackson blames himself for his best friend's death, especially since he was the one behind the weel.The story goes of Andrew's overwhelming guilt and his attempt to cope with the blame and depression. As time goes by, everyone seems to progress except him. Though he fakes it, he cant help but feel down all the time and eventually ends up committing suicide once he realizes he's lost everything hes really cared for...atleast he thought.While reading this book, i learned that even if you talk about your past and what you feel guilty for, especially with a specialist within that area, it doesnt necessarily mean that the feeling will go away. It's learning to cope with what happened and trying to see the best of the situation that helps progress yourself into the future. Andrew didn't realize this because he was too blind sighted by the past and the flames that overtook his vision. I learned that if you really want to solve something, you have to solve the issues within yourself before saving everyone else because you yourself might be your own victim, just as andrew has.This book is really attatching and i can gaurantee a life changing experience. The tears will come down before you notice it and a heart wrenching plot makes reading worthwhile.I recommend this book to anyone because it can impact everyone equally.

  • Cisco Medina
    2019-04-01 11:04

    The book Tears of a Tiger, by Sharon M.Draper is about student-athletes from the Hazelwood High School Tigers basketball team who celebrate a big win by drinking while driving,that leads to the death of a teammate and also basketball team captain, Robert Washington. The whole book is about Andy, the driver of the car, trying to move on with his life after the accident. This book incorporates all different genres, first by starting off with a newspaper article saying a highschool student from Hazelwood High School had died in a fiery car accident. Then the author uses homework assignments, journals, and letters.I’m not going to lie, the reason why I chose this book was because it was shorter than the other books we were given to read. I don’t really like reading books, but this book got me hooked since the beginning. I liked how it was a book about a sport, something I could relate to. It made me think about what I would have done if I was in Robert’s shoes.I normally don’t read books, but this book only took the first page to get me hooked and make me want to read it. Overall I think this is a good book. As a captain, not do you only have to be good at the sport, you also have to set examples and be a leader. I was one of the captains for my high school soccer team, but we didn’t celebrate a victory by getting drunk. But overall I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend this book to athletic teenagers. This book made me feel that not only winning a game is important it also matters how you celebrate your victory. In this case a victory also brought many others a loss.

  • Kacie
    2019-03-28 06:08

    Sharon M. Draper’s Tears of a Tiger is a novel written about a teenager, Andy, who killed his best friend and teammate in a car accident because he was driving drunk. Andy then goes on trying to live with the guilt of the accident and he even begins to contemplate suicide.This books connects to real life because it includes everyday problems that most young adults seem to have. It talks about depression, suicide, and guilt. It even leaves you emotional throughout the whole book. I found myself at times having to put the book down because it was causing my eyes to water.The book is written from Andy’s perspective, but it also shares the letters written between other characters of the book. It also includes newspaper clippings and homework assignments from the students. It does not jump around from character to character, but it does include the other characters’ thoughts. Tears of a Tiger was a quick read. It was simply written and contained a lot of dialogue. The dialect of this book made it hard to follow at times. It was written from the point of view of an African American teenager who is perceived as a bad kid who talked using mostly slang. Trying to determine what each slang word meant made it a kind of annoying book to read.I would recommend this book to young adults who know how control their feelings because the context of this story can teach you valuable lessons. I would not recommend reading this book when you are around other people because it may cause you to cry. This book is not for individuals who prefer challenging books with a strong vocabulary. Overall, I think this book was decent read.

  • Emeka
    2019-03-24 10:11

    In english class we had to pick a book that we wanted to read for 6 weeks and me being a huge sports fan I decided if I was going to be forced to read I was going to read something sports related so when I saw Tears Of A Tiger had a little to do with basketball I picked Tears Of A Tiger in a heart beat. After reading it and getting more in depth with the book I realized it was much more than a basketball book.In the beginning of the book the author shifts our attention to four young african american boys in a locker room after a varsity high school basketball. They all have high spirits because they just blew out a team by 50 points and are full of joy. Andy (one of the four basketball players) discusses to one of his good friends about the cold brew that he left in his trunk and how much fun they were going to have. During the car drive they were all drinking and having a good time until they ran into a brick wall and the car caught on fire. I feel like if you are looking for a book that is going to be straight to the point and you will understand the concept or purpose of the book that this isn’t the book for you. But if you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat I would go to my local library and check out Tears Of A Tiger.I recommend this book to any young person in high school based on the fact that it talks about the aftermath to how his loved ones responded to Andy taking his own life.

  • Sandy Wang
    2019-03-31 06:55

    Tears of a Tiger is about Andy, who went through a difficult time because of an incident. Andy and his friends were partying after they won a basketball game. To celebrate, they decided to drink alcohol. A car accident occurs and Andy's best friend, Robert died while everyone else survived. After his death, Andy was going through depression. He blamed everything on himself. He stopped talking to his friends and family and felt so guilty because he thought he caused Robert's death. Friends try to help him, but nothing helped. His girlfriend started to get mad at him for not being himself anymore and decided to stop seeing him for a while. Andy felt like nothing could save him and decided to take his own life.When I read the first few chapters of this book, I already got caught up into the book. It made me want to read on. Although, I can't relate to this book, I can make a connection to Andy and an actor in a show I watched. Andy is like the actor because they both blame themselves that someone close to them died even though it's not their fault. Both characters went through similar experiences but they solved it in different ways because the actor in the show eventually realized it wasn't his fault and lived on because he knew his wife would want that. On the other hand, Andy couldn't see past the whole accident. This was a great book that's worth the time to read.

  • Tyler Graham
    2019-03-27 11:06

    This book is about a boy named Andrew who has driven his friends partying while drunk and had crash all of the boys got out except for one.......Robert......,.. He got stuck and they all watched him die. But Andrew took the pain the most he had felt a lot of depression, pain, and sadness. He couldn't help live with all of this pain that held him down so had a choice to not feel it anymore. He committed sucide with his fathers shotgun..... After this all of his friends felt even more sad not just from one death but two they all were mad because he wouldn't even ask for help or tell them. So they all kept a big scar on them and his little brother the most. He felt so much sadness that he had no older brother to help him in life. So he went to his grave he prayed for him and said "it's ok to put tears on a tiger" This book really had me sad and at the ended I cryed because it was so powerful most stories have a happy ending and they don't have much meaning but this one was tragic and had a lot of meaning and power. It touches and makes the reader know exactly how they felt and it's a huge thing for teenagers to not drink and drive and also not to commit sudicide because there's people who care about you

  • Veronica
    2019-04-09 09:43

    Alright, So this book is good, for what it is. It tries to throw in everything that a traumatic high school story can have: Therapy, Drunk Driving, Relationships, death, suicide, etc... That being said, the quality of writing leaves something to be desired. There are major inconsistencies with the quality. It will feel very organic one page, and the next page will feel like one of those "after school special" clips students are forced to watch in health class. The multi-genre aspect of writing is really awesome, however, and for that reason it could be good in a classroom. It also is what kept me reading.Another great part of the book, is that it does focus on African American students, which is rarely done in a book like this, at least from what I have perceived.That being said, everyone is kinda racist in the book, and I think that is a bit harsh. The teachers come across as EXTREMELY racist, and it kinda bugs me. Also, there is something about the end that really kills me. Basically, I left the book mad at every character. I would recommend it, but I would do so with a bucket of salt. You may not care for the book, but it seems to be worth a read. I just wish it was done a bit more quality.

  • Mekhi Rosa
    2019-03-30 12:04

    Andy Jackson and three other friends had just won an important basketball game at their local high school. They planed to get together and go and party with friends. They had started drinking, every body except for B.J. who had never drunk in his life. They heard cars honking, but just laughed and blew it off because of the alcohol. All of a sudden, a wall is in front of them and before they know it, they slammed right into to it. Three of the boys get out, but Robert Washington caption of the Hazelwood basket ball squad, Andy's best friend is pinned inside of the car. Two guys rush over to help him out, but as soon as they get on the hood, they are thrown off after a loud bang. The gas tank bursts with Robert still inside the car and he burns to death. Now, months later, Andy can't stop blaming himself for Robert’s death. As he turns away from loved ones, friends, and even his girlfriend, he finds he is losing the most precious thing of all his ability to face the future. When he tries to go to sleep, Robert comes into his dreams and tells him it is his entire fault, but he forgives him for everything. One night Andy starts thinking about suicide and he can't get hold of any body to talk to. Will Andy ever find someone or will it be too late?

  • Eva Leger
    2019-04-10 13:02

    This can be a very powerful book for the right reader. I think if I had read this as a pre-teen/younger teen it would have done a lot more for me. I definitely liked the way Draper wrote the book, she wrote it using a series of essay assignments, poems, letters to friends, conversations between friends and the young characters and their parents, news articles, etc. That's different than a lot of books today and I enjoyed the difference. The most powerful part for me was the very end, Monty's letter to Andy. Monty is Andy's 6 year old little brother and that letter (along with the others at the end) showed a pretty wide range of emotions between the friends and between the young people. That part, along with most of the rest of the book, seemed very realistic to me. There were a few parts of the book that seemed really wooden. Nothing too big and nothing to really take away from the book IMO, but wooden nontheless. I'd say besides Monty's ending letter, Keisha and her input was pretty powerful also. I think this probably makes a great book for a young reluctant reader too.

  • Dramane
    2019-04-22 08:47

    This book is about a kid who killed one of his friends and feels guilty about it. He does a lot to try to help him self but he just can not. hr tries talking to a friend going to a theropis and still he can not get over it. then something happens with his girl friend and then he tries to get even more help but he can't. It is not working as well as he wanted it to be. later on in this book he does something terribley wrong.This connects to me because i once had the same thing happen to me. i felt really sad that he did that. I really connect with this character. He got alot going on right now and he cannot just deal with it. I have the same problem. I have alot going on and i can't deal with it. I would rate this book a 4****star because it is very descriptive. this book also realates to alt of people about hat is going on. I would reccomennd this book to people who have alot going on in their lives. that is all.

  • Trisha
    2019-03-24 13:54

    told from through letters, meeting minutes, homework assignments and conversations is the downward spiral of a teen who can't seem to handle what's happened to his friend after their car accident.I thought this book was very moving and so tragic.I thought, however, that it seemed very dated. I have school age kids... and I think about how the schools would react to drinking and driving (and the death of a school mate as the consequences) and I just can't help but think this would be handled So differently. Like Andy would have had to change schools. I think he would have gotten prison time so I think our judicial system has possibly changed to a much more "punishing" mode with kids.I also think the kids would have made his life so miserable he would have wanted to get out of the school.I just had such a hard time with no one having a hard time with the fact he had been drinking and driving WELL below the US legal drinking age of 21.

  • Moe
    2019-04-11 13:02

    I had a hard time getting into this book. Although I didn't have any distractions, the novel still was hard for me to like. I couldn't relate to the characters, the writing style wasn't my type, etc etc. But what really got me was how incredibly racist this book was. EVERY black character talked ghetto and uneducated, when one of the key parts of this book was about how black equality. When Andy killed himself, I didn't feel any emotion at all as I just didn't feel anything for the Andy persona/character from beginning until end. In fact, I felt Andy was whiny and flat throughout the book and I wish the author focused more on B.J.'s life. Anyway, I think this was just an alright book and the only reason why it is so popular because it shows people (and mostly young students) what suicide can do, which is a real buzz word in America that people can't get enough of.

  • Heather
    2019-04-02 12:05

    I read this book with my freshmen for the first time this year. We definitely didn't like it as much as, but the kids liked it enough to ask if there was another book that comes after it. The book is about a depressed teenager who accidentally killed his friend. The book was ok. The characters are somewhat flat, the plot is predictable, and the author gave too many unnecessary details at times. But the kids liked it, so I will probably read it again next year :)

  • Katrina
    2019-03-30 11:43

    This wasn't bad. It just wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. It just seemed really unrealistic to me. Andy was the drunk driver that caused the death of the star basketblall player of the school. If this was reality, there's no way everyone would have accepted what happened and try to help Andy get through it. They would be angry with him, and that wasn't shown here at all. I also feel like I've read books about guilt and depression with better execution than this, so sadly I feel like I can't give this anything higher than 2 stars.