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Tiger Eyes

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  9,707 ratings  ·  675 reviews
Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead (shot in a holdup) and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf's help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to l...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published February 12th 2005 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published January 1st 1981)
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Megan
It seems that Judy Blume catches a lot of flak these days. Yes, her books are dated, and perhaps even a little juvenile when compared to contemporary YA. Even so Tiger Eyes is a book which, I believe, still stands the test of time. This is the story of fifteen year old Davey, who has lived her entire life in Atlantic City with her parents and little brother. One night, Davey's father is shot to death during a robbery while working at his grocery store. In attempt to get their lives back together...more
Adriana
The Book I read was Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. This book is an old favorite of mine, that I decided to re-read. I first read this book when I was about eleven years old, and decided to re-read it because I saw it in my nightstand table, when I was looking for a book I owed the school. The book takes place in New Jersey, where the main character fifteen year old Davey Wexler's father is murdered in Atlantic City, in a store that he works in. After her father is murdered Davey deals with the death...more
Erin
I have never read a Judy Blume book before, and I felt vaguely embarrassed when I checked this out from the library. There's no nostalgic link for me to any of Blume's books, so I'll admit I was worried about how I would like this book.

But all you Blume-hards (what?) can relax about the three star rating up there, because when I say I "liked" this book I really do mean it. The thing is, I became so invested in some of the plotlines that when they failed to reach a satisfying conclusion I felt li...more
Jennifer
Judy Blume actually signed this much-loved dog-eared paperback of mine and it is one of my most prized possessions. Sadly, I have tried giving it to tons of my 8th grade girls and they just aren't feeling it. But now that Twilight has made chastity hot, I may try it again!
Audra
I read this book when I was in elementary school. Which now that I think about it, may have been too young. But I have always fancied myself an advanced reader, especially when I was younger. Let's start at the beginning, with the book's cover. When I read this, I used to stare at the cover between readings. I know there were different covers but this is the one I read over and over - it's a haunting picture. As marketing folks know, packaging can make or break a product and I am certain the sam...more
Joe
I'm writing this just days after some wretched little scumbag murdered 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut, and that tragedy gives added dimension to this book: Davey, a 15-year-old white girl in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has to face something no child should have to deal with: the murder of her father. The situation could be another maudlin weeper, but in the hands of Judy Blume the story is concise and honest. Davey and her family go to Los Alamos, New Mexico, for recovery from the trauma.

Davey...more
Jonathan
Ever wondered how it feels like to lose a member of your family? In this book, Blume decribes a girl named Davey and how she managed to get on with her life after a critical incident that just occured. That day, Davey and Hugh, her boyfriend was at the backyard of her father's store making out. All of a sudden, they hear gunshots. It all happened too fast for either one of them to grab it. Ever since Davey's father was shot in the chest and killed, Davey never felt the way she does before. She f...more
Sarah
I was a massive fan of Judy Blume as a teenager, at the time there weren't the huge range of YA books that we have now and she was one of the few writers that I could turn to when I wanted to read a book about teenagers with real problems, ones that I could relate to. Recently Judy Blume visited the UK and I got the chance to attend an event with her and I can't tell you how excited I was to meet the author who wrote some of my favourite childhood books. It had been a long time since I'd read an...more
Cherylann
I read this book when it was first published in paperback. As someone who grew up on Judy Blume (I think I read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret for the first time in 3rd grade and about 100 times after), as a teen I was excited to see something new and something age appropriate get published. I remember liking the book (but it wasn't Margaret). I've now revisited the book 30 years after publication and probably 28 years after I read it the first time. In those 28 years, I grew up, moved away...more
Lisa Gricius
I recently came across this edition at the Ogden Farmers' Library Annual used book sale. I was filling up a dollar bag on the last day, stuffing in as much as I could(and then some)! I couldn't wait to take this beautifully scripted Dell edition with Judy's 1980's yellow and black scroll home to my daughter who is entering into the realm of young adulthood. I was so excited, informing her that this was the edition I had and that she MUST READ IT!! NOW!! And of course, I was deflated when she loo...more
Amber
I read this book when I was 13 and enjoyed the book. It was about this girl named Davey who had to move with her little brother and mom to move in with their aunt and uncle in New Mexico after her father was killed in a robbery at his store. She then meets this mysterious guy named Wolf who knows how she is feeling and tries to help her move on. I recommend this to all fans of YA. There is even a movie of this book out on DVD and it was pretty good as well but be sure to read the book first befo...more
Vanessa
This book is excellent with detail and everything. I loved it!
is aout a girl that moves to another place and she meets a guy who is mysterious and she likes him
Shakari
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Melanie
When I was growing up reading was highly encouraged in my household. Throughout elementary school I read a lot of Babysitter's Club, Boxcar children and Sweet Valley High Twins... I don't remember the first Judy Blume book I ever read, but I remember when her themes started to really interest me ... my sister had taken "Starring Sally J. Friedman as herself" out of the school library ... for whatever reason, it was a hot item at the place and time (even though it was mid 90's) so I couldn't wait...more
Lisa/Bluestem Cafeohlai
Reading now, and I'm really looking forward to the movie adaptation later this year!

Wow, this was disappointing. I am going to back up first and say: J. Blume is diligent in capturing the confusion, hurt, and downright panic of a teenager who's lost a parent. In Davis' situation, it also involves having a younger brother to care for and a mother who isn't the most disciplined or resourceful. I wonder, though, if I got a "bad" copy of this book. The stories of Davis' dealings with her old and new...more
Lilly Zheng
Tiger Eyes written by Judy Blume was banned because of sexual thoughts, underage drinking and loss. I don’t think that this book should have been banned because by reading this book it can help kids by teaching them how death is just part of life and one day you might have to face it so no matter what happens stand tall, why you shouldn’t have sex randomly, and what drinking can do to you. In this book Judy Blume uses opposites to show us what’s right. When people read they just read the words,...more
Julie Ekkers
Tiger Eyes was one of my favorite books when I first encountered it as an adolescent. After reading it again, now, at least 20 years later, I am impressed at how relevant it remains. It is a powerful novel that explores universal experiences with grace, wisdom, and a seeming simplicity that in no way diminishes the enormity or complexity of the themes with which it is concerned.

Tiger Eyes is the story of a 15-year-old girl, Davey, whose father is shot in a hold-up of his Atlantic City 7-Eleven s...more
Kellee
Wow.

Judy Blume is probably known as the best YA author around and this book is argued to be her best, so I knew I was jumping into something good; however, I didn't know how good. The way Judy Blume is able to put so much pack in a little punch is amazing.

Tiger Eyes is centered around one of the most horrific things I can imagine- a violent crime against a loved one. But that is exactly what Davey has to deal with. She has lost her father so suddenly and the grief is overwhelming. As a reader,...more
Deborah
Davey's father is killed in a hold-up in a convenient store they own beneath the house they live in. She and her mother and younger brother, Jason are invited to travel to Aunt Bitsy's and Uncle Walter's house in New Mexico to help recover from their loss and to get their lives back together. Here Davey is befriended by a young man nicknamed Wolf who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears. In 2012 this book was made into a movie. Judy Blume's son Lawrence wrote the screen...more
Carrie
Carrie Ackerson
Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Davey Wexler’s dad has been murdered. Nobody knows who did it, but what if the killer comes back?

Davey can’t deal with this, so when an aunt and uncle offer her family a holiday with them in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Davey’s mom agrees. As the holiday stretches into an entire school year, Davey makes new friends and her mother gets a marriage proposal. When Davey’s new friend Wolf loses his own father to cancer, both Davey and her mother find enough cl...more
Linda Bassett
I read this book again in anticipation of the movie opening next week. Judy Blume is one of my childhood favorites. I love how she portrays young teenage girls so honestly in all their complicated and confused glory. I will be very disappointed if the movie takes the story out of the time in which the book is set. It is an integral part of Davey's journey of growing and healing. A sweet story of a girl finding herself and her voice as she struggles through sudden loss and change without anyone t...more
Amanda L
Oh, Judy Blume. A faggy apron. Really!?

But aside from that she deftly handles a young woman's grief and sustained growth in the wake of losing her father >>not a spoiler<<.

Even if only briefly, she astutely addresses the effect of patent-child role reversal that tends to become reality as all are confronting tragedy and the child experiences her parent's vulnerability for the first time. Overall, she handled the subject of death/grief very well and even left some issues and storyline...more
Allison Jane
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London Richards
Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Judy is a longtime advocate of intellectual freedom. Finding herself at the center of an organized book banning campaign in the 1980's she began to reach out to other writers, as well as teachers and librarians, who were under fire. Since then, she has worked tirelessly with the National Coali...more
Tara King
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Heather
I have noticed that Judy Blume always has a not-so-hidden topic, and this one was on depression. I really didn't like Davey, the main character. She delt with everything hard in her life by either being a wimp or a little brat. Her mom totally left mentally and let the aunt and uncle take care of Davey and her little brother. The uncle was very rude to Davey and the aunt had a my-husband-knows-everthing-and-you-should-listen-to-him attitude, she didn't know how to think for herself and had no ba...more
Margo Brooks
When I was in Jr. High it was almost obligatory to read "Are You There God? It's me Margaret." I read it. then I read "Deenie" because, like the main character, I had a back brace and I was tired of strangers in the hallway urging me to read it. I disliked both books. I found the characters unlikable and their experiences far removed from my own. I never sought out another Judy Bloom book, but now I wish I had.

Tiger Eyes is about a 15 year old girl who looses her father in a store shooting and...more
Kristina
This book still holds up over the years. Judy Blume is brilliant at understanding teenagers and writing about them in a way that doesn't make them seem whiny or ridiculous. I read this book when I was a teenager and even reading in 20 years later I still enjoy it and identify with the main character. One thing I don't like about Judy Blume's writing (didn't then and still don't) is her incessant use of ellipses. Stop....using...them...in...weird...places.
Beth Lind
If there was one author who defined my tween years, it was Judy Blume. When I was 10 years old, I received a box set of books all by Blume and it was the one gift I was most excited about besides the microscope. Then my step-mother sat and read something in one of the books and she decided to take it away until she thought I was mature enough for it. My mother was so incensed that she drove me to Tallahassee the day after Christmas to buy the box set for me. I have a cool mom and she was not a f...more
Roxanne
(I'm gonna apologize in advance for what I'm about to say [type]) SORRY!

So the copyright of this book was dated 1981, and I only got my hands on it last year (2013). I decided to read it now (082014) and it just wasn't for me. Everything fell short. I believe Davey was way too selfish and treated everyone like crap, when they didn't deserved it. She acted as if she was the only one who suffered from the loss of her father. As if she bore all the pain, and never even once tried to understand the...more
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