Tiger Lily

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

First impression: I really loved the opening, and the narrator is really interesting.

But so much of this story is depressing, even though you know how its going to turn out.

Also, I never really felt a connection to Tiger Lily or Peter, and I never really felt like they fit together. It was still horrible when Tiger Lily finally opened herself up though only to lose Peter, but I understand what drew him to Wendy. Peter was just so childish the whole time, and fickle. I was surprised he went to England, especially after claiming getting old was cowardly, but the letter from him at the end was beautiful and showed how much he needed to grow up.

The ending in general was beautiful, and my favorite part of the story. This was ultimately a tale of first loves and how they never leave you and how much they can change you.It was such a creative retelling of Peter Pan. The world is beautiful and I’ve never read a narration like this before. The closest thing I can compare it to is The Book Thief, and while I have to admit I was bored at times, the individuality of this book and the way it was told was what kept me reading. It was also interesting to see the interactions with the English and their evangelizing, as well as the relationship between Tiger Lily and her adopted father, who was gay. So high points for creativity, but I don’t know if I’ll throw it in the re-read pile.

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