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Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily - My Rating: 2.0 When I first read the blurb of Tiger Lily, I knew I had to get my hands on this pretty book. Sure, I don't know the complete story of Peter Pan (I only knew about how Peter Pan and the lost never wanted to grow up and how the bad guy is Captain Hook), but the summary was just amazing. However, Tiger Lily was everything not what I was expecting it to be and not in the good way. First of all, instead of the story being told from Tiger Lily's point of view like the summary made it appear like, Tiger Lily is told from Tinkerbell's point of view. However, Tinkerbell says nothing because faeries, in this case, can not talk, but can read some thoughts and hear heartstrings. Tinkerbell just follows Tiger Lily around, observing, until they meet Wendy, when Tinkerbell actually does something. That caused a problem for me. Since the story is told from Tinkerbell's point of view, but Tiger Lily is all about (surprise!) Tiger Lily, I could not connect with Tiger Lily at all. I found the other characters more interesting than her. To me, she was just a simple fierce girl. However, I have a feeling that if Jodi Lynn Anderson had decided to write Tiger Lily from Tiger Lily's point of view, we will truly see the depths of Tiger Lily's amazing character. The major problem I have with Tiger Lily is that we don't get on with the story until about fifty pages into the book. The first fifty pages is used describing Tiger Lily's life in her tribe and how Tinkerbell spends her day. We didn't meet Peter Pan and Captain Hook until after the fifty or so pages, and by then, it was really too late. It was also until more than two-thirds of the book until things got exciting for all the wrong reasons. Tiger Lily gets rejected by Peter for Wendy and decides to help the pirates kill him as revenge. Years later, Tiger Lily marries her best friend Pine Sap and Peter marries Wendy and grows old with her. However, Peter also sends Tiger Lily a letter that Tinkerbell found that seemed like Peter still loved Tiger Lily. "I knew I'd miss you. But the surprising thing is, you never leave me. I never forget a thing," and "The lost boys all stood at our [Peter and Wendy's] wedding. Does it seem odd to you that they could have stood at a wedding that wasn't yours and mine? It does to me," the letter states. (page 291) I don't know what Jodi Lynn Anderson was trying to portray, that Peter regrets leaving Tiger Lily? That Peter is a cheater? What? The pacing of Tiger Lily was also so darn awful. Sure, Tiger Lily was sad, but in while I was reading parts of the book, I just wanted to throw it across the room since it was so slow and was getting nowhere. I feel like Tiger Lily can be a lot shorter than it is right now. Next time, I'll make sure to actually know the complete original story of something before I read a retelling of it. Maybe then I'll actually like Tiger Lily a lot better. ohdamnbooks: tiger lily