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.
What a beautiful and brave retelling! I’ve always loved Peter Pan’s story but I never gave enough importance to the other characters until this book finally gave them justice.
Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.
Take this quite literally because there’s little good in this story. The characters are young and as such they make mistakes, sometimes they’re selfish, and they have to find out that the world doesn’t stop when they need it to, that a happy ending doesn’t always mean being together, and that sometimes being in love, especially when it’s the first love, isn’t enough.
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 heart too. There was strength, and there was also just the determination to look strong. She guarded herself like a secret.
The story is told from Tinker Bell’s POV, and that was so refreshing and heartbreaking, especially when she falls in love with Peter.
Our hearts are too small to love more than one person in a lifetime. Aside from rare instances, like in the case of my father, we are built to mate for life. I went back to the burrow many nights, and watched Peter. I tried to talk sense into my hard little heart. But it had landed on Peter, a creature two hundred times my size and barely aware of me, and there was no prying it loose.
Tink follows Tiger Lily everywhere and gets caught up in her story. Tiger Lily is different from most YA female characters; she’s a wild girl, who feels out of place, inadeguate, as a girl and as a member of her tribe. So when she meets Peter she feels like she’s finally found a place to belong to.
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.
But Neverland is full of danger. Pirates, Englanders, Tiger Lily’s own tribe. Her fate is set but she wants to find her own way, and this book shows how sometimes what we want and what we need are two different things.
Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. It doesn’t happen twice. And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn’t seem broken at all.
Tiger Lily is beautifully written, and the world is built in a way that pulls you into the story so much that you never want to let it go.