Top positive review
Dated account of a teen and her family recovering from her father's murder
on June 15, 2015
After Davey's father is murdered in his store in Atlantic City, she, her mother and brother move to Los Alamos to with her aunt and uncle. Despite her anger and grief, her mother's depression and her aunt and uncle's strict overprotectiveness, she makes friends and begins to heal.
TIGER EYES is the 5th Judy Blume book I've read this week, revisiting some of her works from my childhood in the seventies, when she wrote many of her middle grade and teen books. Due to the lack of technology, TIGER EYES is dated (do teenagers still know what looking up a book in a card catalogue is?). Everybody grieves differently, though many people experience similar feelings and paths toward healing. A lot of Davey's healing steps seem to be described, without any later mention. For instance, she tells the therapist something traumatic about the night her father died, seems to have a breakthrough then nothing else. Similarly, other subplots didn't feel finished.
Still, I'd recommend TIGER EYES to teens experiencing grief and those who enjoy realistic fiction.
THEMES: death, grief, substance abuse, moving, school, family