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Hip-Hop High School

(The Hoopster #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Theresa Anderson is every kind of smart: too smart-mouthed for her own good, street smart enough to deal with a neighborhood that gets more dangerous every day, and more book smart than anyone knows. But with the example of her super-achieving older brother towering above her, Theresa hasn't even been trying. How can a girl compete against the family favorite, especially w ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Jump At The Sun (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kristy Cabrera
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I ordered this book for my 7th grade students; I wanted to include it in the SSR cart based on a few reviews I had seen. A few months ago, one of my students told me that "it was good" and I didn't push her to go into depth on that stirring review.

Recently I picked this up to read during our morning SSR, and initially I was turned off by the hip-hop slang/dialect. It seemed unnecessary and exaggerated, but it grew more fitting as the story played out and as the main character, Teresa Anderson (
Josh Newhouse
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
I want to love these books... but they feel cliched and melodramatic... I have no doubt that students will enjoy parts of this book, but other parts feel preachy and like the author is talking directly to the reader... soapboxy... I am also troubled by what amounts at times to gratuitious content like use of the word "ti**y" in a internal monologue...

Plus there are things that just don't make sense. Characters change motivations and personalities to fit the story not with any sense of developmen
Ms. Schneeman
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really glad I finally read it and definitely teared up at the moment with Mr Wardin at the end... I was slightly irritated with two things, however: 1) the repetition of "fo' sho" and "we high-fived, slap-slap-bump on the down-low" 8 million times; and 2) the fact that the jerk jock/villain got rejected by the USC football program because of his grades and character but accepted by Notre Dame!!!! Alan Sitomer must have it out for the Irish...
Autumn Jeanine
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Hip-Hop High School" is about a girl name Thresa Anderson who is a

honor student and trying to get in USC(University South California)the

college of her dreams. But before she got invited to USC,her

bestfriend Cee-Saw got pregnant by a football player name Rickee and

kept the baby few months later. Devon and Thresa were study buddies to

get a good score on their SAT. Devon got shot later trying to take

another SAT test. Thresa help him filled out his college application

and filled her's out too
Maria Rivera
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One present I would give to Tee-Ayy (Theresa Anderson) is a SAT prep guide. Because she is crazy about getting a high score in the SAT
Cee sam bobbed her head up and down , watching all the folks fill the room .Some good stuff gonna be happening this year. She said to me “good stuff dat straight up girl answered back as we traded another slap slap bump high five on the down low. His life is weird , its like speaking two languages. In the head i talk a normal kind of english , but when i chat with my friends or any of my peers i rap to them in this kind of ghetto slag.its like i purposely mispronounce words and disobey all them ...more
Kelly Rodriguez
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because I was able to visualize it. I can see it become a movie, because I really liked the story. It was a nice reminder about how it doesn't matter where you grew up, where you come from, or what obstacles get in your way, anyone can do what they want, if they're truly hungry for it.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Patricia Turner
November 23,2011
Hip-Hop-High School

The protagonist’s of this book is very important through out the whole book. Staring Theresa , her family , and her best friend Cee saw, boy Devon. They are so important because a lot of things rely on them. Also they go through a journey because life Isn’t what it seems. And things just happens when it happens .And your about to see the roller coaster ride they go through .

There isn’t really a antagonist in this book but there is some nature.Li
Noah Per5
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book but at times it was a little bit boring. About some high school students getting into college with lots of problems
Trevor Balsley
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hip Hop High school is a great book for me because I am in high school my self. It shows a different perspective of what I experience day to day at high school, and highlights how unfair most of life and the school system is. The whole book is written with hip hop slang and dialect, and with the underlying theme of hip hop culture.
Tyler Swasey
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Theresa and her best friend Cee Saw go through their sophmore year with ups and downs. Theresa’s goal is to pass the SAT this year but her journey to do that goes up and down There school is a hip hop high school so it is really ghetto and they dont have as much as more safisticated schools do. Theresa and her best friend are invited to a party and it gets booked so her parents are mad and upset because she wasnt supposed to be there. Cee Saw her best friend gets pregnant and she has to drop out ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Hip Hop High School

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence was the author of this book and this book who’d be suitable for older kids like 14-17 and adults. The plot is the kid named Alex goes the this school and he is a honored student and has a difficult time going through it because he cheat his way in to the honored student list. In 8th grade and now he regrets it his best friends name is ceesaw. The plot is Alex has to get through high school and still stay in the honor class. There are a lot of characters
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book "Hip-Hop High School" is about how a girl name Theresa Anderson goes through problems in an urban school. Theresa starts off by talking about her friends and the crowd she hangs around. The main person that she talks about is her best friend Constancy Sawyer(Cee-saw). Her and Cee-Saw have been going through pair-pressure that has made them do a lot of bad things like cheating, partying, and having sex without protection. Which have put them into a lot of bad situations like getting a ze ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
IQ "I looked away, avoiding that type of soul-to-soul eye contact a person can make when they look to deeply into another person's eyes." Tee, pg. 264

I'd read this book years ago but never reviewed it so I decided to re-read it and while I'm not putting this up on the blog (yet) I did want to include some thoughts here. I preferred The Hoopster since I found this book to be preachy regarding the pros and cons of applying to college (and maybe that can't be helped when writing about the college a
Jalen Parrish
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is about a girl named Theresa Anderson. And she is talking about her life as a high school girl. Theresa also know as Tee-Ay has a best friend of the name Cee Saw but her real name is Constancy Eloina sawyer. She and Tee-Ay been friends for years. Theresa one day was grounded for something her brother did and she got grounded. And she wanted to go to a party so she had to sneak out with Constancy. So a couple hours later there at the party and Constancy is getting drunk and Theresa sees ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

Meet Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay. Alan Lawrence Sitomer has captured Tee-Ay's struggle to survive high school and make it to college, and at the same time deal with some serious issues -- drive-by shootings, discrimination, and poverty. HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL presents big-city teens with big-city problems in a realistic, yet positive and inspiring story.

As a sophomore, Tee-Ay is finding it difficult to measure up
Noah Kleckner
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Noah Kleckner
Mrs. Reaman
English 3+4
Sep 28, 2015

In the book Hip-Hop High School Tee-Ay (Theresa Anderson) is trying to pass high school with a excellent GPA. Her best way of getting into the college USC is by getting an amazing score on her SAT’s. On her way through that she has problems. Her best friend gets pregnant, she is not passing her SAT’s with a good score, the boy Tee-Ay likes (Devon) gets shot in the neck. I think this was an amazing book with a decent ending.
First, I liked that the
Demetri J
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apaau Mailau
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book really catches a person's attention. The author wrote an amazing book. I read "Homeboyz" and that book was quite magnificent itself. It relates to Hip-Hop High School. A young girl who wants to prove to everyone that she's better than what people expect her to be and that she's not just another girl on the streets. She tries her best to pass the S.A.T. She finds a young man who is willing to do the same as well. The only problem blocking her goal is the example her brother Andre puts o ...more
Makayla Head
This book is very good because it tells you words that iks very good to use on the S.A.T.'s for example contenplate it means "to think really hardvabout something and it tells you number one schools you can go to after high school so that can grow to be successful in life.
The girl Tee-Ay told me about her life and how she use to argue with her mom but her mother said all of this will end-up with you saying thank you to me because i tell you all the time im bugging you to take extra curricular cl
Aaron "Airboy"
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

Hip Hop High School is an eye opening story about a girl named Theresa Anderson, better known as Tee-Ay. Tee-Ay faces multiple challenges in her high school journey. At first her mindset is she is street smart so she doesn’t need education because she can live off the streets. As she moves through her year she notices her successful brother and how he gets so much credit. She decides she wants to be successful like him or even be more successful. She now has to work as hard as she even has for
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was pretty disappointing. I really loved Homeboyz and expected this to be similar and even though it was kind of similar, the things that made that book so charismatic were totally missing in this one. I don't understand where the title came from. There mentions of hip hop throughout the book but it's hardly a theme so I don't know why it's called what it is. I didn't really care that much for Theresa "Tee-Ay" Anderson. She's kind of bratty, not very focused, and I didn't quite understand h ...more
Jacari Lenoir
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story actually happened a few years down the road after The Hoopster. Andre's younger sister, Theresa Anderson is at a ghetto high school during her sophomore year. Cee-Saw (her best friend) is getting Theresa in a lot of trouble and because of that her mother thinks that Theresa will fail in life. Like any other person in school Theresa is having problems with her teacher, Mr. Wardin, friends dropping out of school and family issues. She is forced to make a new friend named Devon because s ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Alesha Stephens
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Miss Simmons
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was really interesting for me to read. Honestly, when I picked it up I was expecting to hate it. About 100 pages in, however I began really caring about the characters. I really identified with Tee-Ay. When I was in high school I remember freaking out so much about my ACT score, and studying for it all the time. I remember feeling like an idiot after my first test results came back and thinking that I wouldn't amount to anything. There are so many things about this book that I think yo ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This author must be a fantastic teacher. Hip-High School is the perfect book for reluctant high school readers. The chapters are short and focused to allow students to feel the accomplishment of finishing, the situations are things that students have likely experienced, and the language reflects that of many of today's high school students. In addition to a realistic yet inspiring plot, Sitomer's use of SAT words, descriptions of SAT strategies, and overview of the college admissions process wer ...more
Shauntelle James
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was really inspired by how she made her brother proud of her in the end, inspite of their relationship. I see few books about that, I am glad to find a book about that.I have a big brother just like the character in this book and I think the author did a wonderful job of putting her together. All younger sisters should read this book because it really open your eyes to the real life struggles that many of them face. The story line was awsome. I completely argee with the aurthors point of view. ...more
Maritza Serrano
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books now because it includes what I think the best music style to exist and because of many other things. Theresa's (Tee-Ay) dream has always been to go to USC, but she needs to get a great score on her SAT. She begins to study at a library where she begins to be really great friends with the smartest kid in her high school. What she doesn't know is how far this friendship might actually go. I can really connect to this book because Tee-Ay feels like no one understand ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a deviance for me, which could be why I ended up liking it so much. It started off pretty cheesy and the urban "teen lingo" was clearly not written by a teen, but I like what this author is going for--getting young people to read and care about education. Though the language may seem out of touch, the characters and issues certainly are not. He tackles a lot of urban high school themes (SAT's, race, class, violence, pregnancy, college, etc) in a light hearted, teachable-moments kin ...more
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Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a California Teacher of the Year award winner and the founder of The Writer’s Success Academy. In addition to having been an inner-city high school English teacher and former professor in the Graduate School Of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Sitomer is a nationally renowned keynote speaker who specializes in engaging underperforming students. To date, Mr. Si ...more

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Tee-Ay: Yeah, I need a rattle.
Cashier: Aisle eight.
Tee-Ay: I'm looking for the kind that'll give a fatherless black baby a future, you got any of those?
Cashier: Girl, if we sold those, do you think I'd be workin' here?”
“Put it on channel eight- I wanna watch ESPN!"
Shove it up your a** with a flaming hot jalepeno pepper, Teddy!”
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