Book Review: Tiger Lily

Book: Tiger Lily


Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Pub Date: HarperTeen (July 3 2012)

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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.

This book is great for anyone who loves the whole Peter Pan story. But this story is set up a little differently. Neverland can’t be found by the second star to the right, and straight on ’til morning. Neverland is found on earth in a remote section of the ocean. People tend to age on Neverland, but each and everyone of the people stop aging at a point in their lives specific to them. The entire book is from Tinkerbell’s point of view. She feels the need to protect Tiger Lily. Now Peter on the other hand is made out to be a monster. He is a creature that won’t spare your life. The people in Tiger Lily’s tribe use him to scare the younger children into behaving, but Tiger Lily is different from all of the kids, she is more adventurous and outgoing than most of the kids. But one day Tiger Lily ventures into the forbidden part of the woods, and guess who she comes across, yepp, that’s right; she sees Peter Pan. Almost instantly she feels some sort of connection to him. From that moment on, all she could think of was him. But things start to turn sour, and she is told she would have to marry someone else, and she can’t stop thinking about Peter. 

I’m not really sure if it’s the fact that I grew up watching the Disney version, where it was all from Wendy’s point of view or not, but reading about how Tiger Lily felt or how Tinkerbell interpreted what Tiger Lily felt, it was refreshing. It gave the Peter Pan story a whole new angle. I mean come on, we all kind of knew that Peter was a bit of a player, and was constantly seeking attention from girls. Think about it, in the Disney version if Peter wasn’t with Wendy he was making goo-goo eyes at Tiger Lily, or laughing with the Mermaids when they were trying to drown Wendy, or he was leading Wendy on.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, and suggest that even if you aren’t a die hard Peter Pan fan that you read the book. (: 

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