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I thought it was quite clever for Sharon Draper to write this book in the format of a play. It makes it much easier to read at a faster pace and invites those who are not avid readers to delve into the book. One easily becomes attached to the characters. They seem real and not fictional. You can feel the emtoional burden of the main character, but still you want to continue the story. It is a book that may make you cry and it is one I would recommend for teen readers because it opens up discussion. The best part about this book is that there are actually questions to discuss at the back of the book, which makes this more than text that sits on paper. The story is enlivened and causes others to think about difficult issues.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-01-15 A high school basketball star struggles with guilt and depression following the drunk-driving accident that killed his best friend. Short chapters and alternating viewpoints provide "raw energy and intense emotion," said PW. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly, 1994-10-31 Draper's ambitious first novel tackles teenage drinking, suicidal depression and other front-page topics-and relates the action through dialogue or compositions ``by'' the characters. Exuberant after a high-school basketball victory, athletic stars Andy and Robert down a few beers with friends and then ride around in Andy's car. When Robert is killed in an expressway accident, Andy assumes what turns out to be an unbearable burden of guilt. Short chapters in the form of newspaper articles, diary entries and school writing assignments telegraph the community's reactions and Andy's own feelings; these latter are amplified through Andy's conversations with his coach, with his girlfriend and-poignantly-with the psychologist his concerned parents send him to. This quick-cutting, MTV-like approach allows insights into a number of different viewpoints, ranging from Andy's wrenching internal monologues to the ghastly perkiness of the school's ``grief counselor.'' Casting most of the protagonists as African American, Draper also makes some telling (though not terribly new) points about race and racism. Though the issue-oriented plot can get a bit preachy, the combination of raw energy and intense emotion should stimulate readers. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
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