Published by Harper Collins on 2012-07-03
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Young Adult
In this stunning re-imagining of J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up. Supports the Common Core State Standards
For a couple years now, I have been hearing several people rave about how amazing Tiger Lily was, so I scooped it up when it was on sale. Then, for some reason, I proceeded to procrastinate on reading it. After being completely addicted to watching Once Upon a Time for about a week straight, I was in the mood for a fairy tale retelling and decided it was finally time to read Tiger Lily.
Very quickly, I realized that Tiger Lily was not going to be the lighthearted, fun retelling that I was looking for. Other than the Tribespeople not again and seemingly able to live forever, Neverland lacks the magic that is associated with the stories we’re used to. Quite the contrary, many parts of Neverland are considered dangerous and foreboding.
Okay, I can get on board with a dark fairytale if it’s done well and interesting. Unfortunately, I didn’t really find Tiger Lily to be either. It was more dark in a depressing sort of way, rather than scary or interesting. There was very little I found appealing about this world or its inhabitants, save for perhaps Tik Tok and Pine Sap. (With that being said, however, I had to go back and look up Pine Sap’s name, so he must not have been that memorable.) The Sky Eaters not only supported a member that they all hated, but also sided with him against Tiger Lily. The pirates were murderous drunkards, the Lost Boys were clueless, and Peter Pan pretty much had no personality. And Tiger Lily herself was cold and distant. Her cross-dressing Shaman father was the most interesting aspect of the whole book.
I think the hardest part for me was the fact that the romance between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily never resonated with me. It felt very underdeveloped and not very believable. I suppose that’s a good reason why none of the “heartbreaking” moments actually struck me as heartbreaking.
Needless to say, I did not find Tiger Lily lived up to the hype I’ve heard, and I was left rather disappointed.