Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson.
Published: July 3rd 2012.
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Sort: Stand alone.
Source: Won in a giveaway.
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.
How can I describe my love for this book in a rational way? It will be hard for me, since I haven’t read a book like this so far. It touched me in a way no other book did this year. How is it possible to tell Tiger Lily’s heart breaking love story in words, when you have to feel it? I’m going to try my best to tell you about this beautifully crafted story.
Tiger Lily lives in the tribe ‘Sky eaters.’ She is the adopted daughter of the leader Tik Tok, who found her under the flower she is named after. One day, there is a shipwreck and one boy survives, but his penalty is death. Everybody is afraid to catch “the aging disease.” Tiger Lily is too stubborn and she saves the Englander. This will change her life. This is how she is going to meet the famous Peter Pan; the boy everybody is scared of.
“They kept apart from each other, but it was as if a string attached their fingers, because they could each feel each other’s hands even though they carefully kept their hands apart.”
That is the best way to describe the love that is blossoming between them. Tiger Lily doesn’t talk a lot and she always hide her feelings. But with Peter, it is different. She smiles more, she tries to come out of her shell; and Peter is a better person around Tiger Lily too. The lost boys accept Tiger Lily like one of them. They always watch out for Captain Hook and his Pirates, but Tiger Lily makes their life better. That is until a new ship arrives to pick up the Englander Tiger Lily saved. She is glad that he is going away, because he takes over the village.
When something horrible happens in Tiger Lily’s life, she stays away from Peter for a while and that’s when my heart broke. The Englander girl called Wendy steps into the story and she messes up everything. Peter and the Lost boys are leaving with her and Tiger Lily stays behind.
Damn you, Wendy!
This story is told from Tink’s point of view. She can’t talk, but she is able to read minds and hearts. It was wonderfully picked, because we get to meet Peter and Tiger Lily in a different way. Tiger Lily is fierce, brave, stubborn and restless. Peter is lost and loses his heart quickly, but Tiger Lily always kept a piece of it. I wanted them to be together for ever, even when I knew how the story would end. They were so sweet and they completed each other. They are both damaged and lonely. This story broke my heart, crushed my feelings and made me want to cry. There was nothing I could do when I saw Tiger Lily’s heart being shattered by Wendy’s appearance.
To make things even worse, Peter wrote a letter to Tiger Lily and I’ve never read anything so beautiful and pure. It was as if I was Tiger Lily and he wrote me that letter. You know that feeling, when you really life inside the story and almost become one of the characters? I felt all sad inside and you know that you’ve read a magnificent book if the author can give you those feelings. If this story doesn’t touch you, I don’t know what else can. The letter was almost too much too handle for me. I know, I have a weak soul when it comes to these broken love stories.
I’m glad that this story doesn’t end too unhappy. They both find their way to continue their lives. Tiger Lily is too strong to give up and she is happy, but in another way. This story tears my emotions apart and I will read it again for sure. I can’t look at Peter Pan the same way after reading this book.
The other characters in this book are great as well. We get to know them; they play a role and aren’t there to fill up some space. I especially loved Tik Tok, a man with a very present female side. He is a sweetheart. The world-building is good, the writing style is easy and almost poetic. The words flow.
Please, do yourself a favor and get a copy from this book.