Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Harper Collins)
Guest review by Francis Hayton, Age 12, Grade 7
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 enthrals 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.
This book was great – it had all the elements that make an amazing read. A strong, fearless heroine who defies society in most aspects, a handsome boy who never grows up, who she falls in love with but neither will admit their feelings for each other. The book was so enthralling I couldn’t put it down. It’s full of cliff hangers and often makes you shed a tear or laugh out loud. The book is filled with beautiful but complex language that causes you to read between the lines to get the full meaning. The author gives the characters such depth, she makes you feel what they’re feeling. I would definitely recommend this book.