I will declare here and now that I have never read or watched any of the Peter pan books or movies. I do know that Peter pan is associated with Wendy and Neverland. I do not know his story, I do not know the characters involved in his story, I have nothing. Zilch.
Allow me to announce that I absolutely love fairy tales retold. Allow me to also confess that I have not read a lot of such stories. But the summary for Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (look out below!) called to me.
The story is told from a first person perspective by someone who is observing the action. I think I like the idea of this. It gave a broader perspective on each side of the characters.
As I was reading partway, I was wondering what I was reading for. Not in the this-is-dumb-what-am-I-reading-it-for way. It was that I couldn’t see the plot. Upon finishing the book, I realized that this was a story of a person. It is not a story that follows a plot, it revolves around its character, Tiger Lily.
I fell in love with Tiger Lily from page one, color me enamored. As for the rest of the cast, I did not know what roles they played in the original story so I had no assumptions or deep dislike for the way they were portrayed. I developed a strong hatred for Philip, I wanted him as crocodile lunch (didn’t happen).
I also disliked Wendy, Peter more so. However, in the end I came to a consolation. Tiger Lily was just not the right person for Peter pan. I felt it to be true and while sad that they did not end up together, am also glad.
I would say it was an interesting tale and I enjoyed the read.
Goodreads Insert: 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.
Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published 3rd July 2012