Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: YA/ Fantasy
Synopsis From Goodreads:
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.
Oooh Lordie, help me.
So. I saw my copy of Tiger Lily after a couple of years since it was borrowed and the sight of it just dredged up about 56,451 different feelings in my wee little heart. So yes, I have been triggered. Way, way, waaaaay to triggered.
Tiger Lily holds its place in my shelf as the most heartbreaking book I’ve ever read. More heartbreaking than Me Before You. Perhaps even Atonement.
Maybe it’s because of the combination of elements in the book: first loves, the loss of innocence, hard choices, fresh heartbreaks and Neverland.
It’s really the premise of Neverland that does me in every time. As a huge fan of JM Barrie’s classic, I’ve basically seen most iterations of Peter Pan, but this was the only one that I’ve read…and enjoyed. Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Neverland is far from idyllic. She turns and twists it until its this dangerous, feral place full of warrior girls, serial killer pirates and wild boys who can break your heart with a thought.
And I love this Neverland.
I love how Tiger Lily and Peter kind of flourished given the circumstances. I love the little nuances that make them human, not fairy tales.
I guess you can say that I really do have a knack for heartbreak because this is one heartbreaking book, and I love it a lot.
Give it a read and see what I mean! 🙂
This one’s a good 4.5 from me. 🙂