Reading is just not my thing. As hard as I try to get myself to like it, I just can’t seem to understand why flipping through a 600 page novel satisfies people. So when I was told in my AP Language class that I should choose a book written by an African American Author, I automatically picked the shortest book with a somewhat interesting description on the back cover just to get it over with. Little did I know that the YA novel that I chose called Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper turned out to be a book that kept me up till 12:00 AM every night!
Andy Jackson was responsible for killing his best friend Rob Washington in a car crash one night after their basketball game. Andy, Rob and two other pals had been drinking and fooling around in the car when Andy lost control of the car and crashed. They were unable to get Rob out and they watched him die; their best friend Rob Washington was dead. Days after the accident the two other boys tried to forget about what happened to make themselves feel better but Andy however felt more and more guilty each day. He felt that he should’ve been the one to die that night. No matter how often he went to go see a therapist and no matter how many people told him it could’ve happened to anyone, Andy just couldn’t seem to let it go. As he pushed his family, friends and girlfriend away Andy was left alone to contemplate how he should handle his life ahead of him.
Although finishing a book was a challenge for me, I read through this novel in a short period of time. Draper wrote this book with the intention of showing the different perspectives of how these different characters dealt with tragedy. Because this book was written in the form of character’s conversations and thoughts in their diaries it allows the reader to understand their in-depth feelings which kept the novel an interesting read.