“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” (Goodreads Synopsis).
“She stands on the cliffs, near the old crumbling stone house” (Tiger Lily, Page 1, Sentence 1).
Peter Pan you guys…Peter Pan! I’m all about the Peter Pan here recently. It all began when I read Tiger Lily. It then grew exponentially with Ruth B’s new song, “Lost Boy” (which I may be humming along to). Then I went back to read the original Peter Pan story and, to my delight, Tiger Lily is an actual character! My next move is going to watch the newest Peter Pan movie, Pan.
This book was pretty fantastic. I love retellings of fairy tales. One thing that the synopsis does NOT tell you is that the book is told from Tinker Bell’s point-of-view. Tink is amazing (and her grudge against Wendy is explained). Most of the story is told prior to Wendy’s arrival, so it’s almost like you are reading a prequel to the Peter Pan story. This story is about friendship, loyalty, and the power of first love. First loves don’t always last, but the memory of one’s first love is eternal. Tiger Lily and Peter Pan are both great characters, although they each have quite a few character flaws. Tinker Bell, however, was my favorite. Here’s a great quote from Tink: “Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do,” (Tiger Lily, pg. 282).
Read the book…you won’t regret it.