Aiko told me to read this book because she loves fairy tale re-telling and I rarely read that kind of book. Since I got hooked on her last fairy tale re-telling recommendation (The Lunar Chronicles), I thought I gave this one a try too.
From the first page I was intrigued as the story is written from the perspective of Tinkerbell, a character we all know from Peter Pan. The story itself is a love story, a quite sad one actually, but it also shows how vulnerable Tiger Lily is even though she is a strong woman herself.
I have so many quote highlights reading this book but my absolute favourite is this:
There was a beast in there. But there was also a girl who was afraid of being a beast, and who wondered if other people had beasts in their hearts too. There was strength, and there was also just the determination to look strong. She guarded herself like a secret.
I think those lines really sum up Tiger Lily in this story. She knows she is a strong person, especially given the fact that she is the daughter of Tik Tok, but often she is unsure of herself.
I love the way Anderson describes Neverland and the interaction of Tiger Lily and Peter seem very natural. Here, Tiger Lily, a wild child who meets someone almost as wild as her, someone who perhaps understand this beast inside of her, someone who may understand how it feels to be strong and independent. I especially love that moment when they saw the horses, and how it was perhaps the moment Tiger Lily stopped aging. It was just so wonderful.
The ending, though sad, I thought was kind of perfect at the same time. Tiger Lily definitely doesn’t belong in the city while Peter, while he adjusted well in Neverland, could never be there forever.
The story of Tik Tok was really sad. I think this is the saddest part of the book, how an outsider, who was helped by Tiger Lily, instead of appreciating and respecting the culture and tradition of Neverland, destroyed the place by forcing them into following his belief.
All in all, this book is just more than just a fantasy book, more than just a re-telling of Peter Pan. It is one book full of “hidden messages”. That you shouldn’t force someone into believing what you believe. That true love exists, though you may not end up with that true love. That even when two people seem right for each other, they don’t always end up together. That when you love someone, then when they choose to leave, you let them go.
P.S. I dislike Wendy 😛