The title of the piece of literature I chose to read was Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume. This book contained 205 pages. My choice for reading this book was that I enjoyed reading many of her works when I was younger. She always had a way of relating well with the younger generations, which draws me to her books quite often. The main protagonist in Tiger Eyes was Davey Wexler, a 15 year old girl from Atlantic City. Daveys headstrong ways and her beautiful heroicness gave her a unique individuality which grew through out the book. Another main character in this story was Wolf, a young man who enjoyed rock climbing.
His unique ways also gave him an almost mystical heir which fascinated Davey. The last main character in this novel was Gwendolyn Wexler, Daveys mother. Her extreme love and support for Davey through out the novel was her main role. In Atlantic City, on a hot summer night, Adam Wexler was the victim in a hold up of his 7-Eleven store. He was shot several time in the chest. The assailant was never found. Davey Wexler was there to experience it all, holding her dying father in her arms, helpless and frightened. These are the memories that faced Davey every day. Giving the family time to recover,
Davey, her mother, and her younger brother visited her fathers sister in Los Alamos, New Mexico. While there Davey met Wolf, an adventurous rock climber, and many other new friends. With their help Davey is able to overcome the fear and despair she had encountered from her fathers death and was able to see the world again as someplace where good adventures could occur. My fathers death was the most horrifying experience of my life. As he laid in my arms, bleeding and still hanging on to life, there was nothing I could do to save him. After the funeral, all I could do was sleep. I did not want to open my yes, for fear would consume all of me.
I was so afraid of everything that I slept with a bread knife under my pillow for protection. When we arrived in New Mexico, it was still hard to deal with it all. Although my mother encouraged me to try and explore, I was still upset and extremely angry. Then, meeting Wolf gave me a new hope and realization of it all. He showed me that life was a true adventure and that living it to its full potential was the best way to live. I know what I felt for him was not love, but a strong connection between the experiences that we had endured. His father was, unfortunately, dying of cancer.
The support that we gave each other made us stronger and more able to face the world each day. If it was not for Wolf, along with Reuben and Jane, I would not be able to experience life without fear. Tiger Eyes was an extremely realistic novel, with characters which you could almost transform yourself into. Through out the story, each character metamorphousized into a stronger, courageous, more capable being. It is those transformations which give the book its wonderful, and almost haunting actuality. This is one of my all time favorite novels. Each time I read it the experience is new, different, and better than that of the first.