Published by HarperCollins Childrens
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In this stunning re-imagining of J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.
Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up.
“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win.”
As many of you know based on certain handles that I am a fan of Peter Pan (Tinker Bell if we are being specific). And lucky for us Tink fans, she is the narrator of this story. Just based on the teaser above I was intrigued to learn who could possibly belong to Peter Pan besides dear Wendy Darling. Little did I know that by the end of this book I would dislike Wendy and be sobbing my eyes out because of Peter’s actions.
“Tiger Lily went back into the house, from which she kept watch of the ocean. She held her arms around her stomach and stayed awake. She didn’t want him to catch her sleeping.
Peter did not come that night, or the next day, and she stayed awake. She did not believe he could have really gone, because for her, to leave the person you loved was impossible.
For three days, she kept on studying the horizon, even speaking to it, as if a ship that had already disappeared could hear her. “Choose me.”
And Peter did choose. But he chose something else.”
This book was savage. It was so much more than a re-imagining of a beloved children story. I felt scared for the world that Tiger Lily lived in.
“Still, the longer I was around her, the more I could see the colors of her mind and the recesses of her heart. There was a beast in there. But there was also a girl who was afraid of being a beast, and who wondered if other people had beasts in their hearts too.”
She was in constant attack mode from the people in her village. Tiger Lily lived in a world without any choices. She was warned to never set her sights in front of the dangerous Peter Pan. Little did Tiger Lily know it wasn’t that Peter was a danger to her safety. Peter was a danger to her heart.
“To love someone was not what she had expected. It was like falling from somewhere high up and breaking in half, and only one person having the secret to the puzzle of putting her back together.”
This story is about love, about lost love, the consequences of our actions, and most of all, growing up. Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing is gorgeous. Her words leap off the page and tug at your heart.