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Hip-Hop High School by Alan Sitomer
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Apr 19, 11

Hip Hip High School is a spin-off of Alan Lawrence Sitomer’s Hoopster. In this book, Sitomer centers around the life of a minor character from Hoopster, Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay.

Tee lives in a bad neighborhood populated by a majority of African American community. Her parents judge her and don’t understand her, and in a world that expects her to fail in life, Tee turns to comfort in Rap music. The music seems to understand her and helps her in life as she deals with the stress of growing up and trying not to be another statistic. She grows up and watches her best friend, Cee-Saw, fall into the crowd; becoming pregnant and dropping out of school to support herself and the baby. She grows up wondering her path in life while her friends each seem to find their calling.

The theme most prominent in this book is that of perseverance and will to succeed in the world against all odds. It is evidenced by Tee’s constant will to be above her peers’ defiance and deliquency.

I enjoyed Hip Hop High School though it is not perfect. It was an overall entertaining story, but still it had many a flaw. The most recognizable is the painfully misinterpreted hip hop slang and misconceptions of modern teenagers. There is also the slow moving storyline which derails and loses the audience near the end. It becomes uninteresting and just drags on.

In short, Hip Hop High School is entertaining and worth a read but has flaws and you wil most likely lose interest in the later parts of the book. 3.5/5

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