Tears of A Tiger


Tears of A Tiger
Overall the book was very good.  It relates to a topic that is very real to me and to

my classmates.  The one thing that I disliked thoughout the entire book was the way that

these kids talked.  You could tell that a teacher wrote this book because she tried to

replicate the speech of her students.  However, she fell short in her attempt.  The

language that this story used, such as "live game man," and "you be flyin with the hoops

man," are perfect examples of an adult trying to act like she knows how kids talk.  I play

varsity basketball just like these kids do and I have never heard anyone on any team say

something like "you fulla mess."  For conversation in the book the author should

have asked one of her students how they would say a certain thing.

Once I got past the language I liked everything else.  The conflict in the book was

something that I could really relate to and I know my peers could as well.  Depression is

a topic that anyone in high school could talk to you about.  Whether  their friend,

someone they know, of they themselves has suffered from depression, almost everyone in

high school could relate to this subject.  I appreciated what this kid was going though  a

little more than others that have read it because just two years ago my older brother lost

his best friend in an automoblie accident.  Although the crash was not my brother's

fault I knew what Andy was going through because I had seen my brother go through

many of the same things.  I know my brother doesn't like to talk about his friend anymore

but this book made me wonder just how much the death of his friend affected my

brother.  This book made me just sit down and thank God that my brother didn't take the

same road that Andy took.

I felt that I could relate to the characters in the book as well.  These characters

didn't have extremely unusual problems like I have read about in other books.  They face

the same kind of issues that I see kids in my school deal with all the time.  These issues

range from things like abusive parents and drinking to unhelpful counselors and interests

in religion.  These are all topics that someone I know has dealt with, afew myself

included.  These issues made the book more interesting to me because it let me see how

different people dealt with a similar situation. I could also relate to how these kids dealt

with their feelings.  The main character in this book, Andy Jackson,  showed his true

feeling more to his peers, like Keshia, than he did to adults like the psychologist and his

coach.  Also, Andy used sports as an outlet for how he is feelings just like I have in the

past and still do.  These two things made Andy's character more real to me.

Considering all of these things, I could hardly put the book down.  I was upset at

the end of the book when Andy committed suicide.  I felt the same way that his friends

did when they found out what he did.  I have never had to deal with a close friend of my

committing suicide and this book makes me pray that I never do.  I would recommend

this book to anyone, especially anyone in high school.  This book dealt with real and

controversial topics and I liked that. On a scale of one to ten it would get a seven. I

enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading the sequel.

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