Monday, December 17, 2012
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
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 the wake of a devastating tragedy.
Quite a unique book. It is basically a mixture of newspaper articles, direct dialogue, letters and such to make up the story. It was a short, snappy read despite covering a serious subject. I felt the subject matter was handled very well for the books target audience. In my opinion, the target audience is 17 year old black youths and it is written in a way that would resonate well with them but it just didn't work well for me.
So 3 out of 5 for the story but not one that most people over the age of 17 should bother reading.