Book Review: Tiger Lily

Tiger LilyImage
Jodi Lynn Anderson
Young Adult
Published: 2012

            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.



            “Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland that is not the case…” -Tink

            Tiger Lily is a beautiful story. Told from the perspective of Tink, you’re thrown into a dazzling world that captures your heart and soul, leaving you breathless as you surrender to the absolute beauty of the words springing off the pages before you. You’ll become so caught up in the emotions they will start to feel like your own emotions, as if this is a personal story to who you are. This story can be dark; it can be gritty and in the next moment it’s like the sun is rising over the ocean and you’re seeing it for the very first time in the quiet of morning.
            Tiger Lily isn’t beautiful, she’s hard and flawed and overly independent, yet at the same time so completely complacent. She’s lonely and doesn’t fit in at all with her village and her life is a confusing mess of mystery and feelings she’s not quite sure of. She breaks rules constantly as she lives life to the beat of her own drum and like many people, eventually, she has to live up to the expectations of village and accept the punishments for her wrong doings that have placed the village at risk. She has to marry someone named Giant who is not pleasant, who is cruel and could crush her if he wanted too.
            Peter pan is equally confused, misunderstood and lonely. He constantly looks for acceptance, wants and craves love and the affection of others: He masquerades himself as a self-assured person who knows what he wants and how he is going to get it. Peter pan and his lost boys are thought to be wild thoughtless murderers who have no thought to what a human life is.  In reality, they are nothing more than a band of misfit boys searching to figure out who they are and to where they belong in the crazy, dark and deep island that is Neverland.
            In all honesty this is a story that you will want to own, one you that you will want to treasure and keep guarded. It reads so personally, it’s like you’ve stumbled across a person letter or journal. Having this story be told by Tinks perspective made this story so much more endearing and in ways more believable, magical, tantalizing. This is not a sweet love story, this is a heartbreaking story of two people who want to be together but as we all know can’t be, sometimes life and who we are gets in the way of what we want, it can get in the way of our destiny.
            Honestly, beautiful retelling, one of the best retellings of anything I’ve ever read in my entire life. I honestly think that this is a story that one should own and then eventually pass down to your own children when the time is right. I hope that this one day, like Peter Pan, can also become a classic. It has all the right elements, pulls at all the right heartstrings and has such a beautifully written story that I don’t believe it’ll be easy to forget.

                “Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do.” –Tiger Lily



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