Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson’
Recommend: If you like Peter Pan…
The cover of this one actually was what made me pick it up. I figured that this was about Tiger lily from Peter Pan and was thrilled to find out I was correct. I am a big fan of all things fairy tale and Peter Pan is one of my favorites. Who doesn’t like the idea of not growing old? Whether is be werewolf, vampire, zombie or lost boy the idea of never growing old appeals to that basic fear of aging and death.
Overall this book was a fresh perspective on Peter Pan long before the appearance of the Wendy bird. I never thought I would dread the appearance of Wendy in any version of Peter Pan. The author explains Tiger lily in such a way that makes you want to reach out and hug the girl as well as hope that somehow she will escape the impossible situation that she is in.
I did have a couple of things I did not appreciate about this book. The overall attitude towards the power and worth of Christianity was obnoxious. Second, the fact that she allowed a character to be raped and did nothing about it. If she is writing teen fiction, she needs to set a good example for the teens she is writing for. Teens should never hear not to report abuse and rape. Ever. Even if it isn’t culturally accurate, they need to hear the important message to report these things and get help. Sometimes authors need to remember the audience a bit more.
It was an interesting story and extremely engaging but definitely not one for the overly impressionable teen.