Tiger Eyes has been acclaimed by some critics as Judy Blume's best work. According to Robert Lipsyte in The Nation, "It is her finest book—ambitious, absorbing, smoothly written, emotionally engaging and subtly political. It is also a lesson on how the conventions of a genre can best be put to use."
The novel follows fifteen-year-old Davey Wexler as she learns to cope with and eventually to accept her father's untimely death. Along the way, the reader meets all of the important people in Davey's life and moves with her from New Jersey to New Mexico. The many emotions connected with her father's death—denial, fear, grief, guilt, anger, and, finally, acceptance—are presented clearly and powerfully. In addition, an element of mystery develops as Davey's recollections of her father's death slowly unfold.
This novel does not deal solely with Davey's recovery from her father's death. There is the spice of romance as well, as Davey meets a young man who helps her overcome her fears. But, the relationship between "Tiger Eyes" and "Wolf" remains undeveloped, thus making Tiger Eyes less controversial than some of Blume's other books.
Another mark of a Blume novel is humor. Because Tiger Eyes deals with a tragedy, there is less humor within its pages than, say, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. However, there are numerous funny episodes (often involving Davey's little brother) and passages that...
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