Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
When I first heard of this book I was torn about whether I’d read it or not. A book about Tiger Lily? What I know of the story of Peter Pan comes from the Disney movie. As a child, it was clear Tiger Lily was this other entity impeding upon Wendy and Peter’s happily ever after. But Anderson was able to take that underrated character and remake her into someone amazing and full of faults and utterly lovable. This isn’t the Neverland I know, but it incorporates so much of the familiar that Anderson makes it easy to mesh those old images and feelings into this new story that tells so much more.
I questioned the use of Tink as the narrator. It did work but there were parts that she disappeared and it felt like a plain 3rd person narrator. And when I first started the book it did make it a little harder for me to get into it. But overall it was an interesting that added to the story.
This was a delightful take on a well known character. It isn’t that long of a read, but it packs a punch and is well worth giving a try. A good choice for anyone who enjoys a good what-if or Peter Pan.
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