Published: July 2, 2012HarperCollins, hardcover, 292pgsSource: purchasedGoodReads 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.
Confession: I totally had the hots for Disney Peter Pan when I was a young'n. (Don't be jelly, Mr. Jen. You know redheads aren't my thing. Also, the whole "someone drew him and flipped pages rapidly to make him move" thing means it probably never would've worked.) For real, though. He was the ultimate playboy. He flew into girls' windows with his sweet promises of "no wrinkles" and throwing responsibility to the wind, then took her to Neverland where he's got a WHOLE LAND full of catty women ready to beat down the competition. (Does anyone remember those bitchy mermaids? And how Tinkerbell got the Lost Boys to throw rocks at Wendy?) It was totally obvious that Peter was in love with Tiger Lily. They nose-kissed all over the place. Right in front of Wendy. RUDE. And I always just chalked it up to "oh, that's just Peter Pan. He's so wily and fun-loving and adorable."
The good news is: I don't care about that anymore. Because Jodi Lynn Anderson's book has me a certified Wendy-hater.
The bad news is: all my childhood feelings and excuse-making for Peter are destroyed.
Tiger Lily is a girl of few words. She lives a rough life, but she's strong and prefers to throw on her bitchface and stew in silence. That is, until she meets Peter Pan, who makes her see the world differently. Makes her want to be different and forget all she's ever known. But this is not a happy love story. This is a story of obligation, heartbreak, and resignation. And who seriously would've thought that such a story would end up being one of my favorites of all time?
Tiger Lily is narrated by Tinkerbell, which is one of my favorite aspects. Finally, the fairy who never speaks gets nearly 300 pages to tell a story. So not only do we get a look into one of the most underrated characters' lives (that's you, TL!) but also a glimpse into Tink's thoughts and why she was so uppity. And it's clear: Tink is awesome. Their story is far darker, murderous, and twisted than I ever imagined. And I loved it. And it's heartbreaking and infuriating to see just how misguided and broken Peter Pan is.
i love you, tinkerbell. make wendy walk the friggin' plank.
Tiger Lily isn't the action packed movie versions. It's a subtle read. It infiltrates your mind and soul and grabs hold of your heart strings and plays a sad, desperate tune. It's delicate, awful, and quietly chaotic. The last chapter (DON'T READ AHEAD, GUYS) was one of the most profound pieces of literature I've read in recent memory. (Or distant memory.) It made me feel feelings I had forgotten. (Or possibly had never known to exist.)
Whatever you know of Peter Pan, whether it be the original novel or just the movie versions (like me), read Tiger Lily. It makes me want to be all proper and use words like "profound" and "superb." Or maybe even make up words that can describe how MOVED I am after this epic reading experience.