After a basketball game, four kids, Andrew Jackson, Tyrone Mills, Robert Washington and B.J. Carson, celebrate a win by going out drinking and driving. Andrew lost control of his car and crashed into a retaining wall on I-75. Andy, Tyrone, and B.J. escaped from the four-door Chevy right after the accident. Teen basketball star and Hazelwood high team captain was sitting in the passenger’s side with his feet on the dashboard. When the crash happened, his feet went through the windshield and he was unable to escape. The gas tank then exploded and burned Robbie to death while the three unharmed kids tried to save him.
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Andy has been feeling pressure to do well in school, as college gets closer and closer. Everybody in Andy’s class hates Marcus because he makes while all the other brothers in his class make Cs and Ds. His school counselor did not help him at all when he went to visit she just said he would not be able to succeed in pre-law because it was too demanding and he should just stick to sports. Andy does not try in school because the teachers do not think he is paying attention in class. They think he is just another dumb kid.
After Christmas break Andy goes to see Dr. Carrothers again. This will be the first Christmas without Rob. Andy tells a story about how he and Rob used to go into a store and mess with the sales woman behind the counter because she was afraid of them because of their appearance. It always made him feel bad the way they were treated.
Keisha calls Andy to tell him there is snow on the ground and that they will not get off from school. When they get to school there, English teacher shares a poem she likes about black on white. In class, they get in to a big discussion on color, race and the effect it has.
On Andy next visit to Dr. Carrothers, they discuss the weather and Andy’s depression. Dr. Carrothers tells Andy to call Robert parents, but Andy does not have the nerve to. Andy tells a story about him and Keisha walking and talking. Andy got upset because it was where the accident happened. He thought the wall he hit was much taller than it actually was. Keisha had to grab Andy because he was about to jump. She yelled at him. Andy was acting kind of spacey. Andy walked her home and they did not talk about it. Dr Carrothers starts talking to Andy about why Andy wanted to jump. They talked about being dead and Andy would rather have died than Rob. Dr. Carrothers suggests that Andy write a letter to Rob explaining how he felt.
Andy decides to write a letter to Rob’s parents. He writes about all the good times he and Rob had together hoping they forgive him. He says he will always treasure those moments and that even if they do not forgive him they can remember without so much pain.
In English class, they start to study the Shakespeare play Macbeth. They talk about how he used to be noble and willing to sacrifice himself for the king, but now he is a wretched, depraved, corrupt murderer. Ms. Blackwell explains that Macbeth is dead inside, but lives only because of his refusal to surrender to Macduff and the forces of good. It was Mary Alice idea that Macbeth
Kill the king. She cannot take the guilt so she kills herself. B.J. says Shakespeare is saying, Life is short and then you die. And on top of that, life doesn’t mean anything anyway. B.J. thinks Macbeth is depressed because he killed so much that he couldn’t find anything else to live for. Andy got depressed and left the class.
This book deals the issues that can or already influence every teenager in America. It addresses...