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Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, #1) (Hazelwood High #1)

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After a car accident kills Robert, Andy's best friend and teammate on the Hazelwood High Tigers, Andy doesn't know if he can go on. He's consumed with guilt for driving the night of the accident after a long evening of drinking and partying. With perceptiveness and compassion, Sharon M. Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in th ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published October 1st 1994)
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Jun 09, 2008 Charniece rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 ama ...more
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, wh
Laura Anne
May 13, 2007 Laura Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
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 suc ...more
Sep 29, 2007 Alla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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.
Jun 25, 2016 Natty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 03, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up
Justine Sumaya
Feb 27, 2015 Justine Sumaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Allegra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Steven Castaneda
Feb 27, 2015 Steven Castaneda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Rehabi ...more
Devin Lourenco
Feb 27, 2015 Devin Lourenco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h ...more
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 t
Cisco Medina
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 Haz ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Kacie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Feb 27, 2015 Emeka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 amer
Sandy Wang
May 26, 2012 Sandy Wang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tyler Graham
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 ...more
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 i
Mekhi Rosa
Sep 23, 2010 Mekhi Rosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 H
Eva Leger
May 04, 2009 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young teens
Recommended to Eva by: found it on a friends list
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 let
Dec 02, 2008 Dramane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 fel
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Aug 02, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-teens
I read this book with my freshmen for the first time this year. We definitely didn't like it as much as Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High, #2) by Sharon M. Draper, 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 :)
Jun 04, 2015 Katrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copies
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 li ...more
Alex Allaico
Nov 07, 2014 Alex Allaico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tears of a Tigers" is a really good book connected in real lives that usually happens with teenagers and adults, cases that sometime you need help or someone you can count on. The situation and the relationship between friends and family sometimes take many actions that really is a problem even though you loss a member of you family or friends. Blaming yourself will make you feel alienated or guilty for the things doesn't suppose to happen.
Alexis Baldwin
Slam! As the car full of teenagers crashed into a wall, then soon bursted into flames. Tears of a Tiger is a highly recommended read for all teenagers, it shows that everyone secretly carriers a burden on their backs no matter what the person's actions are. The author, Draper, puts herself in the shoes of teenager Andrew (Andy), who is the main character of Tears of a Tiger.
Andy and his closest friends, Tyrone, Roberto, and B.J. went on joy ride after a high school basketball game. The boys wer
Oct 19, 2014 Ellie123 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rich in Color
Summer is officially over and all the children are back in school, learning the three R’s and reading, hopefully, diverse literature. In this “Back to School” themed post of Flashback in Color, I’d like to reminisce on the book that opened my eyes to using YA literature in the classroom, Sharon Draper’s first book in the Hazelwood High Trilogy, Tears of a Tiger.

I was introduced to this book during my first year of teaching when I was struggling with my sophomore students. My principal at the tim
Myles Messner
Jan 09, 2015 Myles Messner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Tears Of a Tiger, Sharon M. Draper tells the story of a highschool tragedy. Robert Washington, captain of the basketball team and senior in highschool with college scouts watching his every game, went for a joyride after their big basketball win and got into a car accident. He was with 4 other friends and the driver was driving under the influence. The driver, Andy Jackson, can't forgive himself. He is turning himself away from family and friends and is becoming depressed. He can't live with ...more
Davanna Ross
In the novel, "Tears of a Tiger" by Sharon M. Draper, Andy Jackson gets into a drunk driving accident; killing his best friend, Robbie. Throughout the novel, we get insight to each character's emotions towards the death of Robbie, and the actions of Andy. Andy has conversations with his psychologist as well as with his girlfriend, Keisha, that tells his true emotions. Over the course of five months, Andy battles with depression and the guilt he feels for killing his best friend. After a break up ...more
Sep 11, 2014 michelle27001 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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“Do you know what courage is? I guess you don't. Do you know that the courage it took at that moment - to actually blow yourself away - was more than enough courage to keep on living?” 30 likes
“Go ahead and cry, Andy. Don't be afraid of those tears. Sometimes they help to wash the soul clean.” 29 likes
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