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.