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Hip-Hop High School (Hoopster)

by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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  gilsbooks | May 20, 2011 |
Gr. 8 Up This sequel to The Hoopster (2005) is narrated by Theresa Anderson, the younger sister of that book's protagonist. Bright and ambitious, Theresa, known as Tee-Ay at her hip-hop high school, also plays by the social rules, rapping in ghetto slang and trying hard not to act white : If you talk too proper, you might get jumped. Covering Tee-Ay's experiences from the start of tenth grade through graduation, the primary focus here is on Tee-Ay's academic life and on her friendships with selfish, mercurial Cee-Saw and thoughtful Sonia Rodriguez. A handful of young men also play parts, including Rickee Dunston, the low-integrity football god, and in greater measure, Devon Hampton, the school scholar. Although Sitomer explores the realities and challenges of urban African American adolescence, he strikes a fair balance between serious issues and more lighthearted fare, writing in a smart, conversational voice loaded with wit, rhythm, and energy. Some exaggerated characters and a fairly implausible ending do little to mar the pleasure of spending time with the dynamic and lovable Tee-Ay. --Holly Koelling Copyright 2006 Booklist
This energetic sequel to The Hoopster (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2005/VOYA August 2005) features Andre Anderson's younger sister Theresa. Tee-Ay is a high school honors student who enjoys listening to hip-hop, eating junk food, and discussing boys with her best friends, Cee-Saw and Sonia. Tee-Ay often feels overlooked by her solidly middle class parents, who seem to focus their energy on her two brilliant brothers. Before long, Cee-Saw becomes pregnant and drops out of school. Then Sonia is forced to leave school to help support her family. In spite of feeling stifled by her family and worried about her friends, Tee-Ay concentrates on studying for the SAT in the hope of being accepted to the University of Southern California. By her senior year, she has become close friends and study partners with Devon Hampton, the school valedictorian. In a sickening twist, before Devon is able to finish his college admissions essay, he is shot in the neck and hospitalized. In a burst of inspiration, Tee-Ay finishes Devon's essay for him and mails his applications just before the deadline, resulting in Devon's acceptance to Harvard and Princeton, among others. Sitomer creates a wonderfully multifaceted cast of characters from the intelligent and hardworking to the shortsighted and intellectually doomed. Tee-Ay shines with loyalty, humor, kindness, and zest for life. This sobering novel is both inspiring and poignant. While Sitomer refrains from becoming didactic, his passionate message concerning the value of education will be clear to his readers.-Dotsy Harland. ( )
  lnommay | Feb 23, 2010 |
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Meet Theresa Anderson, known to her friends as Tee-Ay. Alan Lawrence Sitomer has captured Tee-Ay's struggle to survive high school and make it to college, and at the same time deal with some serious issues -- drive-by shootings, discrimination, and poverty. HIP-HOP HIGH SCHOOL presents big-city teens with big-city problems in a realistic, yet positive and inspiring story.

As a sophomore, Tee-Ay is finding it difficult to measure up to her older brother, Andre. (His story is told in Sitomer's The Hoopster). He is attending Stanford, and Tee-Ay thinks it would be great to be accepted at USC someday so she could tease Andre when USC kicks Stanford in football. Attending a top-notch university seems like a pretty lofty goal, but Tee-Ay is willing to fight for it.

The story takes Tee-Ay and her fellow classmates through 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to graduation. Along the way she watches one friend, Cee-Saw, become pregnant and drop out, and another almost lose sight of her goals due to family obligations. One positive force in Tee-Ay's life is Devon, who helps her tap into her true potential as they study together for the dreaded SAT -- their ticket to a brighter future.

Sitomer uses hip-hop language to create vivid characters that grab the reader and carry them through right to the end. Big-city teens will be able to relate to the situations, and more sheltered teens will be transported to a world beyond their own.

Note: Although this is listed above as grades 9+, many of my 8th-grade students have read and enjoyed it. In fact, when several of them saw me reading it, they immediately commented about how much they liked it. So many other students are requesting it now, we will probably need to hold some sort of lottery to determine the next reader. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
This is a great book for middle school or high school students to read. It is inspiring, and apart of a great series of books by the author. ( )
  kmcgiverin05 | Aug 16, 2008 |
Sitomer's tale of adolescent life in urban Los Angeles might be most appealing to an eighth or ninth grade student. The students might have an easier time slipping into the hip hop dialect which seemed a little exaggerated. This work probably wouldn't be as appealing to the upper grades, ironically, because it is written in an exaggerated dialect. ( )
  angiewright | May 17, 2008 |
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Theresa Anderson is every kind of smart: too smart-mouthed for her own good, street smart enough to deal with a neighborhood that gets more dangerous every day, and more book smart than anyone knows. But with the example of her super-achieving older brother towering above her, Theresa hasn’t even been trying. How can a girl compete against the family favorite, especially when he’s a certified local hero? With her parents and her teachers always on her case, and her best friend pregnant and dropped out of school, Theresa turns to hip-hop for comfort. Her favorite singers seem to understand her when no one else does.

Everything changes when a new man comes into Theresa’s life: Devon, whose tough-guy reputation conceals a blazing ambition for academic success. Devon helps Theresa face up to her own talent and ambition, and together they set off on a three-year quest to beat the SAT and get into top colleges. But then Devon gets shot in a street fight, leaving Theresa with two piles of unfinished college applications—her own and Dev’s—and time running out. . . .

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Andre Anderson's sister Theresa tells in her own hip-hop flava'd voice how she comes from behind to go up against one of the baddest monsters of high school --the SAT -- and wins!

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