I love books like this, where the writing is simple and beautiful and there is an undertone of magic, when I feel for the characters.
“Sometimes love means not being able to bear seeing the one you love the way they are, when they’re not what you hoped for them.”
Tiger Lily is is the story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan and it is my favorite book. I don’t even really know what to say about it because it made me feel so much. I even teared up. Which never happens.
The story is narrated by Tinker Bell, which is interesting because in this Neverland, fairies are empathic and can read people’s thoughts. This provides a very intimate look at all the characters – their motivations, their fears, their flaws. And some of the characters’ minds, like Peter’s, are too messy for even Tinker Bell to understand, and while this seems like it could be frustrating, it really just adds to the story and makes the reader understand Peter even more.
Tiger Lily and Peter’s romance was perfect. It felt real. Peter didn’t feel like a contrived, perfect hero; he had faults and he acted how a real boy would act, not how most female writers write. Tiger Lily is lonely and brave. She is thought to be cursed, but the way she handles that wonderful and inspiring. She is loyal and kind in the best way she knows how, and I haven’t felt this much for a character for a long long time.
Anderson’s Neverland is different. It is darker, richer, more real. But it is still the Neverland I know. All the familiar elements are there; Captain Hook and his hook, the crocodile who swallowed a clock, the Lost Boys and the Fairies. But the origins of all these are all well thought out and creative. Hook didn’t lose his hand in a fight – the way he lost his hand explains a lot of his character. The Lost Boys are mostly myth and superstition, but their story is sadder than I ever could have imagined. There is also a piece of the story that explores exploration and the English’s effect on the people of the places they settled. However, this element of the book is very understated and leaves the reader to decide how they feel about the whole situation.
The setting is rich and descriptive. The island’s geography is well explained and illustrated and the customs of Tiger Lily’s tribe are well thought out.
The ending is heartbreaking, but hopeful, and though I teared up at how everything worked out, I was also satisfied. It was bittersweet and reminded me that the best endings are not always what we think they are.
“‘Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. 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.'”
Synopsis – Tiger Lily Jodi Lynn Anderson
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.
5 billion stars. Absolutely clean!