Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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I’ve always been a fan of stories told from a unique vantage point, fairy tales told from the witch or beast’s point of view, the stories that tell the “other” side. Tiger Lily was one of theses books, recommended by my sister-in-law.

Some Background

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.

My Take?

This was one of the most unique story telling styles I have found in a young adult novel. The story is told in first-person, from the view of Tinkerbell. Fairies in the world of Neverland cannot speak, but can feel the emotions of those around them, leading to an almost omnipotent third-person story telling style. Anderson gives Tinkerbell a distinct personality with friends, a family, and a hope for love, a nice departure from the usual tinkling ball of light. Despite her interesting tale, it often takes a back seat to a greater story line.

Tiger Lily is an afterthought to Wendy and her brothers in most versions of Peter Pan. It was wonderfully refreshing to see her portrayed as a strong, yet flawed young woman, learning the truths of life the hard way. And the story held a whole host of colorful supporting characters, ranging from the cross dressing father figure and slovenly potential husband, to the misleading religious missionaries and the naive Wendy. Anderson’s explanation of the apparent “agelessness” of Neverland’s denizens is also enlightening and philosophical, their ability to grow older halting at each individual’s most important moment in their life.

I loved this book, Five out of Five stars! I would highly recommend it for readers of all ages looking for a fun, yet deep read. The language and style were poetry, a wonderful novel!

 

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