Reasons for Banning: Sex, Alcohol (used in an entirely negative light, I might add; I don’t get the reasoning), Violence, Death, Religion (Again, negative light, but there I can at least see the logic.)
Hello, nobody in particular! This is my second post since I said I would start making independent Youtube videos, and I’ve made a grand total of 1 such video. And it was an intro video. Fail. Anyway, how about we get down to business? (Rhetorical question is rhetorical.)
Tiger Eyes (I really should use the book titles more often) is a novel about a 15 year old girl named Davey Wexler whose father was murdered (great start). Her mother decides to move from Atlantic City (Which I actually had to look up the location of – it’s in New Jersey), to Los Alamos, in New Mexico. They stay with relatives there, and the rest of the book is about Davey’s recovery from her father’s death and her adaptation to a new environment.
Alright, so what do I think of this book? Well…let’s get the positives out of the way, because that will be shorter. Ok, first of all, I do have to give credit to the author for tackling such a touchy subject. It can be really difficult to tell a story about such a sensitive topic as death, not to mention making it marketable, and while I don’t think that the author necessarily rose to the challenge all that well, she gets an A for effort. The other big thing for me was that the beginning was handled very well. It seems little, but for me, the most important parts of a story are the beginning and the ending. If the ending is bad, I’m left with a bad taste in my mouth when the story’s over (trust me, that will come back later), and if the beginning is bad, then I’m probably not going to read the rest of the book. In Tiger Eyes, the beginning is very competently handled. It briefly and effectively establishes the main characters, the setting, and the conflict, without ever losing my interest or patience. That’s actually something that’s very hard to do in writing, and something that a lot of books don’t do.
Unfortunately, a plot doesn’t just consist of beginnings. There also has to be a middle and an end, and that’s where the book falls short. The middle is unmemorable, and the end pisses me off. Let’s talk about the end, because there is, by definition, more to talk about. Like I said, the end of a book, if it’s not done right, can give you negative feelings towards the whole story. And the ending of this book made me want to BURN the thing. (OK, it wasn’t quite that bad, but I was still angry.) The problem with the ending is that towards the end of the book, everyone suddenly starts being a complete asshole. For some reason, the author decided that she needed to end the book by draining away any likable, friendly, or enjoyable character traits that anybody had, and make them all be dicks to each other. I won’t go into any details to avoid all out spoilers, but it is ridiculous how mean and cruel (redundant adjectives are redundant) the characters become at the end, just for the sake of having tension. Given, most of the characters weren’t exactly likable to begin with (I can literally count the number of characters with any fleshed out positive character traits on the fingers of one hand), but that doesn’t excuse the issue. Also, it rushes Davey’s recovery. Horribly. In a good portion of the second act, she seems to forget that she’s supposed to be recuperating from the death of a loved one, so we don’t really get to see her go through the process of recovery and renewal. She just has one big revelation in the third act, so now she’s fine. And the final thing that really bugs me: What’s the point of Wolf, again? He’s emphasized so much – the title makes reference to his dialogue, the back blurb devotes a paragraph to him, the main character’s narration constantly mentions him – but he doesn’t really have that great of a role. He’s just another character. I think there are 4 scenes with him in it. They’re good scenes, I guess, but there’s very little in them that sets them apart from any other scene with any other character. It’s not quite as big of a problem as the other ones I’ve mentioned, but it’s still a problem.
Overall, I give it 3 stars and 1 heart. Technically speaking, it’s not that bad of a book, but the ending irritates me so much that I just end up hating it. Next book could be one of about 8 books that I’ve got checked out from the library; until next time, read more books!