|Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published: 2012 by Harper Teen
Synopsis: 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.
Tiger Lily is such a unique and enjoyable story. I had heard nothing but amazing things from fellow bloggers and despite being disappointed by the last Peter Pan retelling I decided to give Tiger Lily a try and was so glad I did. This book is beautiful, complex, and incredibly unique.
Part of what made it gritty and depressing was the characters. Tiger Lily of course was a fantastic protagonist. She was tough and a kickass female heroine but she was also vulnerable, caring, and reckless. There was a big exploration in this book about traditional gender roles and many of the characters didn't quite fit into the box that others were trying to put them in. And like most YA it was a book about fitting in and finding your place. Tiger Lily didn't quite fit in, even with her own people and it made her easy to empathize with and want to succeed. I also really liked Tinkerbell for her feelings of being an outsider. So many of the secondary characters felt like outsiders too and they were all very interesting. Things did get a little political at times but I enjoyed that deeper aspect of the story.
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