Coretta Scott King award-winner and National Teacher of the Year, Sharon M. Draper uses a brilliant variety of styles and voices to tell this compelling first story of her Hazelwood High trilogy. The night that changes everything in Andy's life begins as a great time. His basketball team wins a big game, and he and his best friend have some cold brews stashed in the car, just waiting for the rolling party to begin. Nothing anyone can say or do afterwards will convince Andy that what happens next isn't his fault.
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by Sharon M. Draper
"Several narrators combine their skills to read a tale that has been told many times before. Although the story itself is dated, the lessons are true. A bit preachy in the delivery, the story is about drinking, driving, and the car crash that ends a young life. The surviving teens must try to manage the guilt and the reality of death. One teen cannot cope and commits suicide, leaving his friends to deal with tragedy again. The narrators seem stilted in some of the dialogue, and none distinguish themselves as outstanding, except the one who performs Keisha. She captures the spirit of the teenager's angst spot-on. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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