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Sharon M. Draper
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Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,534 Ratings  ·  1,774 Reviews
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
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Published February 1st 1996 by Perfection Learning (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
Jun 06, 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
Dec 13, 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.
Oct 17, 2014 Allegra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
Sep 30, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up
Sandy Wang
May 26, 2012 Sandy Wang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eva Leger
May 12, 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
Mekhi Rosa
Sep 28, 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
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
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
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
Jan 18, 2010 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
Dec 27, 2008 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my favorite books. I read it one summer when I was in middle school and have proceed to re-read many times. The author tells the story through a variety of genres such as conversations, newspaper articles, notes, letters, etc. which right away makes it unique. Through this different forms you come to learn about the characters more deeply. The subject matter is tough but important for young people. I must confess that I haven't read the other two (its part I of a triology) but its ...more
Sep 26, 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 :)
Alex Allaico
Dec 12, 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.
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
Taliyah Lewis
Jan 22, 2016 Taliyah Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Tears of a Tiger
By: Sharon M. Draper
“Andy! Andy! Andy! Help get me out!” I did not choose to read this book because someone recommended it, I chose to read because the back of the book summary grabbed my attention like “what's going to happen next”, I’m glad i chose to took the recommendation and time to read because it's a very interesting, detailed, well thought out story. Tears of a Tiger caught my attention on the very first page. This book has you wanting to read more and more, once you s
Nicole Tole
Apr 13, 2016 Nicole Tole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The current book I just finished reading is called "Tears Of A Tiger" by Sharon M. Draper. This book lets you get an idea of what every character feels like. The format arrangement of this book changed many times. Sometimes it's a poem, a letter, a diary, a prayer, a play you never know what it'll be next. But that's what makes it interesting. This book puts you in many different perspectives. This book teaches you many lessons and is very deep.

"Tears Of A Tiger" is about Andy who got in a car
Oct 21, 2014 Ellie123 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marquis Horn
Feb 27, 2015 Marquis Horn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the novel Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper many unexpected things take place. The novel is based on a very devastating car accident that involved four young men that attended Hazelwood High. Andrew Jackson, better known as Andy in the novel, was driving the vehicle. Due to the victory that they had got that night they decided to celebrate it by drinking beers that Andy had in the trunk of his car. Intoxicated Andy began to swerve and crashed. Andy and his two other friends, B.J. and Tyrone, ...more
Kevin Bravo
Oct 22, 2014 Kevin Bravo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book "Tears of a Tiger" is a very good book, it includes characters that you become emotionally attached to as you read the book. It is very engrossing and some nights you will find yourself awake at two in the morning just to get to the next chapter, which I have done and I can say I have no regrets for doing that. The book is very climactic and it is filled with suspense and full of surprises that you would not even expect to be there because they literally come out of nowhere! This book h ...more
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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?” 29 likes
“Go ahead and cry, Andy. Don't be afraid of those tears. Sometimes they help to wash the soul clean.” 28 likes
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