Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
ENG 3 Honors
The novel Tears of a Tiger is about a high school student named Andy Jackson going through a life of pain and guilt. The story begins with a newspaper article on an accident that killed a basketball player named Robbie Washington. They were all coming from a party and they have been drinking. Andy was driving the car and his three friends, Robbie, B.J, and Tyrone were the passengers. When the accident happened the Andy, B.J., and Tyrone all left the scene with minor injuries while Robbie was trapped in the back seat and the car was bursting in flames and he couldn’t get out. This image haunted Andy for the rest of his life. After the accident they return to school and they start to see a psychologist to get help. Also he starts dating a girl named Keisha who really helps him with the incident and keeps him from feeling guilty. They gave Andy the position of captain for the basketball team. Andy feels guilt due to the fact that Robbie was the old basketball captain and he’s taking his position. Andy’s grades begin to suffer and his mood becomes very odd. He cries uncontrollably and screams at people. Christmas time was a difficult time for Andy because in Christmas time he and Robbie used to go to the mall and play jokes with the Santa clause. Robbie’s mom always called Andy to tell him to come get his stone, referring to the presents that Santa leaves for bad children. The year Robbie death, Robbie’s mom didn’t call Andy because of the pain she felt of not having her son. B.J. and Tyrone moved on with their life and forgot about the accident but Andy is making everyone think that he has forgotten about the incident but the only one that truly knows his pain is his girlfriend Keisha. At the school talent show, Andy volunteered to be the MC and he looked in a good mood. Off stage Keisha and Andy get into a huge fight and they break up. He feels that his life can’t get any worse....
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