Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published: July 2012
I have always loved reading fantasy books and watching movies about fairy-tale lands. Even on TV one of my favorite shows is Once Upon a Time. So when I heard about Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson I was thrilled to find a new retelling of Peter Pan. But what I got wasn’t a story about Peter Pan, it was a beautiful story about Tiger Lily and her amazing story that is rarely ever mentioned.
One of the most original concepts of this book is that this story about the life of a powerful young woman and her journey into adulthood as seen by Tinkerbell. There are adventures with Peter and the Lost Boys, Pirates, and even a hungry crocodile. But those are the stories you know, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson also brings to the readers the elation and heartbreak of first love. Tiger Lily also must learn the hard way about jealousy, homophobia, and consequences as she makes her way from wild child to woman.
“Did you know I always thought you were braver than me? Did you ever guess that was why I was so afraid? It wasn’t that I only loved some of you. But I wondered if you could ever love more than some of me.”
As young love casts a powerful spell over Tiger Lily and Peter Pan, both must also learn about the dangers of falling too deeply. Before Wendy, there was a great love story that we almost knew was there but it wasn’t until this book we knew for sure. Readers will soon understand why Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell always wanted to make Wendy disappear.
This incredible book still haunts me and is truly one of my favorite books of all times. Listed as a YA book, I was at first concerned that it would be too silly or not have the strength. But this book proved me wrong and helped me to find a whole new world of books in the YA section that I can share with my daughter without worry that it will be too mature.
This book touched me deeply, made me cry, and made me want more. That is what a great book needs to do.