I have a confession to make.
|From the 2003 movie, Peter Pan|
I read about him in my little Golden Classics book. I watched his Disney movie (back in the day of VCRs). I think I even dreamt about him once or twice.
He could fly. He was magical. All the girls loved him. The mermaids fawned over him, Wendy flirted shamelessly with him, and Tiger Lily…well, no one really knows what happened between Peter and Tiger Lily.
Want to find out?
Tiger Lily is pretty much like a prequel to Peter Pan. It’s what happened before Wendy’s parents left for the dinner party, before Peter Pan came through her window, before he lost his shadow. It’s before Tinker Bell was Peter’s sidekick. It’s the beginning.
|From the Disney production of Peter Pan|
And she was Peter Pan’s first love.
This story is so full of emotion. There’s a sadness that lingers throughout the whole book- not an overwhelming kind of sadness, but one that reappears here and there as the story goes on. I’ll tell you now- it’s present at the end. There is no “happily ever after,” at least not for Tiger Lily. I think both Tiger Lily and Peter ended up in relatively content situations in the end, but neither was truly happy. It’s one of those sad endings that are acceptable- it isn’t crushing, and it might make you smile a little. It’s a good sad ending.
The romance was so innocent. I love romances like that, but they’re so rare in YA books. Making it any more mature would have ruined the book, so I’m forever grateful to Jodi for weaving such a tender love story. Wendy is not portrayed as a very nice person in this book, so just as a forewarning, if you’re a diehard Wendy+Peter fan, you may not like this book. In fact, you may hate it. I thought I was a Wendy+Peter fan, but after reading Tiger Lily, I guess I’m not. *grin* Because I absolutely love Tiger Lily and Peter together. They’re both so imperfect and vulnerable, and have so much more in common than Wendy and Peter do (no offense, team Wendy fans).
Through I could probably go on and on and on forever, I’ll wrap it up (for your sake). I adore this marvelously written story. All the characters and happens in the real Peter Pan story match up, so to speak, with the happens of this story. They all come into place. This prequel of Peter Pan is one I’ll never forget, and one I’d like to have on my shelf, because I’m sure I’ll want to pick it up again one of these days. Tales from Neverland have always had that effect on me; apparently they still do. I highly recommend Tiger Lily to anyone who loved Peter Pan and wants a little more.
Quick Content Review: *may contain spoilers*
Language: None (none that I can remember…if there was language, it wasn’t severe in the least)
Violence: Mild (A man drowns. A man is killed by crocodiles. A girl is bullied by her future husband. An attempted murder involving mermaids…never thought I’d say that. None of it was gory.)
Sexual: Mild (Some kissing/cuddling. A man dresses like a woman.)Other: Some mention of the Indian tribe’s gods. Some superstition throughout the book. An Englishman comes and attempts to convert the tribe to Christianity; sadly, the man is portrayed as a forceful, unaccepting person.