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Contributor(s): Draper, Sharon M.

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ISBN: 0689806981     ISBN-13: 9780689806988
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 1996

Annotation: With perceptiveness and compassion, Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in the wake of a devastating tragedy.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Death; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Death & Dying
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl 99769928
Lexile Measure: 700
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 4.25" W x 0.50" (0.20 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
In one horrifying night,

Andy's life changed forever...

Andy Jackson was driving the car that crashed one night after a game, killing Robert Washington, his best friend and the captain of the Hazelwood High Tigers. It was late, and they'd been drinking, and now, months later, Andy can't stop blaming himself. As he turns away from family, friends, and even his girlfriend, he finds he's losing the most precious thing of all -- his ability to face the future.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
Written in the form of conversations, journals, letters, and homework assignments, the book contains students' reactions to a high school basketball star's death in an automobile accident. Similar in format to Avi's [cf2]Nothing but the Truth[cf1] (Orchard), the book is occasionally awkward, but it is intense and truthful in its exploration of suicide, drinking, and other potent issues. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 January #3)
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.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1994 October #5)
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.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1995 February)
Gr 9 Up?A hard-hitting story of the unraveling of a young black man who was the drunk driver in an accident that killed his best friend. Andy cannot bear his guilt or reach out for help, and chapter by chapter his disintegration builds to inevitable suicide. Counselors, coaches, friends, and family all fail him. The story is artfully told through English class assignments, including poetry; dialogues; police and newspaper reports; and letters. From time to time, the author veers off into overt lessons on racial issues, but aside from this flaw the characters' voices are strong, vivid, and ring true. This moving novel will leave a deep impression.?Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
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