Literary Friday: Tiger Lily

Synopsis according to 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.

Oh, this book. This book, so much. Tiger Lily is one of those stories that captures a rare heroine's voice (two actually, as Tinkerbell is the narrator). It turns the story of Peter Pan on its head, without undermining the original J.M. Barrie story.

Tiger Lily is a character who is hard to relate to, but easy to admire for her bravery, honor, and heart. She's fallible, but I found myself wanting to have her warrior's heart as I read. And I really, really admire Jodi Lynn Anderson for making Tiger Lily the heroine without villifying Wendy. I think it's adult fiction more than YA, but is absolutely suitable for teens and youth to read (in fact, it captures YA concerns's just done in an adult prose). It's beautiful, humble, and bittersweet.

I recommend this book for lovers of Peter Pan, and the crossroads between children's mythology and coming-of-age realities. Also to those who love a strong heroine, outcast characters, that dangerous magic between childhood and adulthood, and lyrical prose.

Oh, gorsh, I recommend it to everyone.

(Special thanks to the very sweet Marie, who sent me this amazing book for RAK)

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