Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn AndersonTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily

byJodi Lynn Anderson

Paperback | July 2, 2013

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In this stunning reimagining of J. M. Barrie's beloved classic Peter Pan, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily.

When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to.

As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. But when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go, and the pains of growing up.

Jodi Lynn Anderson is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofPeaches,Tiger Lily, and the popular May Bird trilogy. She lives in Asheville, N.C., with her husband, her son, and an endless parade of stray pets.
Title:Tiger LilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062003267

ISBN - 13:9780062003263


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing You'll have to forgive my ignorance of the Peter Pan universe, I have only ever seen the Disney film and that was ages ago, so I actually remember very little about Peter Pan, with the exception that he's the boy that never grows up. I didn't remember who Tiger Lily was at all, but this story basically focuses on the love story Tiger Lily has with Peter before Wendy shows up. The story is narrated by Tinkerbell, who can't speak, but follows Tiger Lily around and is a little bit of an omniscient narrator since she can flit back and forth and spy on all the characters. First of all, the writing is beautiful! Props to Jodi Lynn Anderson, this is the first of her books that I've read and I was really impressed with the writing. I never really cared for Tinkerbell in the film, but she makes a damn good narrator. In some ways this is a coming of age story. Tiger Lily has always been a bit of an outcast in her village and when she saves an Englishman who washes up on shore she becomes even more of a pariah because the villagers are scared of catching the "aging disease" from him since they never die of old age. When she is betrothed to marry a mean villager named Giant, Tiger Lily starts spending more time away from the village and meets Peter and the lost boys and they all become very much enamoured to one another. Peter is impetuous, rash, and often unreasonable; he has a need to always be the strongest and the smartest. As the leader of the lost boys, he takes on a lot of responsibility in taking care of the boys, but he is also very lonely. He has been a boy for a very long time and you do get the sense that he is ready to grow up. Tiger Lily is very much a young girl. She also makes rash decisions and doesn't think too much about the consequences of her actions. She loves her village and Tik Tok, the shaman who found and raised her, but she also yearns for more. She doesn't want to be trapped in a marriage to Giant and spend forever cooking and cleaning for him. Peter enables her escape into a new world where there are no rules. She wants to be a part of Peter's world, but she also finds it impossible to leave her village behind. I liked that the characters in this novel had so much depth. I didn't really like Peter, but I liked how Anderson wrote all of these characters and captured their essence. There is definitely tragedy in this story and it is incredibly heartbreaking. The characters are all looking for and needing different things and yet nobody can be what the other person needs them to be. There are several stories going on at once and you can very much feel the era of change that is upon the island. The world is progressing, but Neverland has always been a place onto itself. The Englishman eventually integrates himself into the village and pushes christianity on the villagers, shaming the villagers for their false idols and Tik Tok for dressing in women's clothes. It's hard to watch the villagers forsake their traditional spirits and way of life, but it's equally upsetting to witness the ignorance that has flourished in the village for years. It's a very interesting story. I think I'm probably at a 3.5 for my rating and I can't quite pinpoint what I didn't love about it. It's a bit slow moving in the beginning and I never really got super into it. The writing was definitely my favourite part and how heartbreaking the story is. I really did grow to love these characters and I really felt for their hardships.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical A different spin on Peter Pan. Magical, heartwarming, yet heartbreaking love story. It was beautiful.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreakingly good it was magic and first love and good intentions gone bad. it was perfection.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical and understated This was so subtly beautiful. A very character-driven story, this sort-of retelling of Tiger Lily's story in the world of Peter Pan left me heartbroken, but happy for having read it. Told from the point of view of Tinkerbell, a mute fairy who can witness but not truly influence events.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book! This is one of those books that I will forever hold close to my heart. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fairy tales, fantasy, classic spin-offs, and just a really sad but amazing story. The book is beautifully written and extremely hard to put down. It's mainly fantasy (a spin-off of Peter Pan but focused on Tiger Lily), but part of the reason I loved it so much is because of all the real life themes in there that are still relevant in today's world (such as colonialism, gender identity, rape, suicide, growing up). Overall, amazing book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Perfect This is probably my favourite book of all time. I teared up and I swooned. We don't even get a POV from either Tiger Lily or Peter but you can still tell how much they love one another and how much they want to be together but just can't for their own reasons.There's so much heartache underneath everything, but it makes everything that much more meaningful and heartbreaking. This is so magical and just so beautiful, I can't think of a reason why people shouldn't give this beautiful story a chance.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Magical Tiger Lily was absolutely everything I was hoping for, and more. Anderson perfectly captured the spirit of one of my favourite tales, and at the same time, managed to create something completely imaginative and new. With characters that came alive off the pages, a plot that left me breathless and an ending that captured a piece of my heart forever, Tiger Lily is the Peter Pan retelling I never knew I always wanted. The reason Tiger Lily was so successful was because Anderson managed to capture Tiger Lily, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in a way that was both exhilarating and tragic. A little frantic, slightly scatterbrained, and a lot afraid, Peter as the fearless leader was pure perfection. Constantly walking the line between being absolutely terrified of failing and needing to have everyone believe in his infallibility, Peter was the best at playing pretend: pretending he wasn’t afraid, pretending he knew what he was doing, and pretending that Tiger Lily’s inability to confide in him or praise his successes didn’t hurt his feelings. As for the Lost Boys, I think Anderson described them the best: "There was a joyfulness and – at the same time – a fragility about each of them. They were sloppy and uncared for and wildly alert and full of energy." Watching Peter and the Lost Boys try their best to live carefree lives, while constantly looking over their shoulders in fear of the pirates, was heartbreaking; I so badly wanted to comfort them and to provide them with a safe place where they knew they wouldn’t be harmed. And then there’s Tiger Lily. Stubborn, stoic and wild Tiger Lily. A little beast, she had always been a little different from the other children in her village. She carried her Otherness like a badge, though, and used it to keep a damper on her emotions. "Maybe all of her strangeness, her curse, her always feeling like an outsider, had all existed so that she could belong here, with Peter…" So while she found herself falling for Peter and wishing she could be the companion that removed his eternal loneliness, she struggled putting those feelings into words. Her constant battles with herself, where she regretted not saying anything, hurt my heart a little more each time. She loved Peter enough to see him in every part of the jungle, but she just didn’t know how to tell him and she knew that meant he was pulling away. I absolutely loved how Anderson explained various Peter Pan staples – like the ticking crocodile – and how she expertly wove elements of the well-known tale into a brand new story. I adored Tik Tok and will be forever slightly angry with Tiger Lily for abandoning him during his time of need. I loved the quirkiness of Tiger Lily’s tribe, the Sky Eaters, and how considerate they were despite their abrasiveness. I loved the mysteries of Neverland and how Hook’s past made me pity the man who would become the monster that obsessed about boys. I loved that Tiger Lily literally caused me to suck in my breath during a particularly devastating moment and that I didn’t see the end coming, even though I always knew the ultimate outcome. It’s fortunate that Tiger Lily is narrated by Tinker Bell, because by the end, I needed that slight distance between narrator and heroine to protect my already damaged heart. While Tiger Lily foreshadows an unhappy ending from the first few pages, you get so caught up in the wonder and excitement and danger of the plot that, for a minute, you forget. You forget that things don’t end well, and that’s what makes Peter’s betrayal hurt all the worse. Absolutely magical, I loved Tiger Lily. I loved it even though I couldn’t talk about it for a few days without tearing up. I loved it even though I will never be able to look at Wendy the same way, ever again. I loved it even though Peter broke my heart. And I loved it because of all these things; because it made me feel.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I read this book because of my love for Peter Pan stories, and I was incredibly surprised. Instead of taking a child-like route, this novel was very mature and the insight was riveting for an old fan like me. I highly recommend reading this novel.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good It was better than I expected. I thought it was going to go down the YA route of her being head over heels in love with him and then hes an ass and she can't live without him yada yada but it was kind of wonderful. Taking it in was - a lot. I couldn't read so much all at once because I felt like I owed it to the story to take my time with it. Some things were unexpected and turned around but it was very well done. A definite must read.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Stars One of my absolute favourite books of at time. This is neither a happy, nor tragic retelling of the Peter Pan story from Tiger Lily's perspective. The characters, the world, the writing...all were perfect. This is a must-read for fans of fantasy and Peter Pan.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Unique point of view taken, and very creatively written - it's written in Tink's point of view but the story revolves around Tiger Lily of course. So it's like third person narrative but from a character within the story. It's got some beautiful passages that I thought were a little disorienting because I was not expecting that. Overall I really liked it.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So beautiful <3 This is one of my most favourite books! The story is so creative, yet it still remains true to the original telling of Peter Pan. Tiger Lily is truly a unique character, and even though I had trouble relating to the characters, I still fell in love with them. The author's words are so beautiful and there are certain passages that caught me off guard because of how lyrical they were. This book is so good!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting This book is not really a re-telling, it's more like from a different perspective of a story. Overall, it definitely has an interesting plot.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good re-telling This is the kind of book that needs to come with a comfort food warning so you can make sure you have some in the house while reading. In all my reading, I don't think I've come across a character like Tiger Lily and maybe I never will again. This book is kind of a retelling, or maybe more inspired by, Peter Pan. It focuses much more on Tiger Lily than any of the Peter Pan legends I've read/seen(meaning the cartoon and Finding Neverland) and it's told from the POV of Tinkerbell. Tiger Lily is an outcast in her tribe, a lot of them are afraid of her, the boys don't want her to hunt with them, she's not good at sitting with the other woman and doing needlework, she's just so lonely but she refuses to let anyone see her hurting. At times, reading from Tinkerbell's POV was a little disappointing. Certain moments didn't have the same feeling as they would have if from Tiger Lily's POV, but other times it worked because we weren't trapped with Tiger Lily. Tinkerbell would fly off and spy on Peter and the lost boys or the pirates so we knew what was happening with them, and since Tinkerbell can see into people's minds, we got some of their backstories as well. One thing that made me uncomfortable about this book was how dark it got. There was really no hint toward it in the synopsis, which makes it seem more like a love story, but it's not a book I would feel comfortable letting a younger teen read. It didn't go into a lot of detail but there were some scenes that happened that were really hard to read: Spoiler [ talk of murder, rape, abuse, suicide] Tiger Lily was what made this book for me. 3.5 stars for her and her strength to go through all she did. Characters like her are the reason I like to read.
Date published: 2013-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing, unique spin on a beloved fairy tale/children's story For my full review, see here: http://courtneyshawnmarr.blogspot.ca/2012/10/review-tiger-lily-by-jodi-lynn-anderson.html
Date published: 2012-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Tiger Lily promised a dark and tragic interpretation of a familiar children's story, one that would steal your breath away - and that was right. This book is exactly what it promised to be- a new, fresh take on an old story, a love story. As fascinating a story as it is, I can also see how this introspective book wouldn't be for every reader- but it's sure to capture the hearts of many who enjoy a grand romance, and anything to do with Peter Pan. Reasons to Read: 1.A thoughtful interpretation of Peter Pan: I enjoy the story of Peter Pan, but I thought it was fantastic how well Jodi Lynn put her own spin on this story; the majority of the "facts" and details remain the same (or if they are changed, there's a reasonable explanation for it) and I was constantly surprised at how she made such a classic story her own. It can be hard to rework familiar territory, but the effect ends up making Tiger Lily a masterpiece of retellings. 2.Lovely storytelling: While at first I had some reservations with the story being narrated by Tinker Bell, I soon realized how effective it was being told from a third party. Part of what makes the story so poignant is that it's never really clear how the various characters truly feel about one another or their circumstances - and because it's told through Tinker Bell's eyes, it feels even more tragic because we get to see hints of the pain experienced by a number of characters rather than just Tiger Lily. Tinker Bell is remarkably unbiased (except when it comes to Tiger Lily, whom she clearly has strong ties to) and offers a different perspective on the events as well. 3.A strong, unique Tiger Lily: This is not the helpless, fairly bland Native American princess we're used to (thanks, Disney). Tiger Lily is reimagined as we haven't seen her before, and she's fully brought to life with her own past and her own personality. And her relationship with Peter Pan is beautiful in its own right, so simple and just plain RIGHT. It's the way things change between them that's so heartbreaking, and how they both feel lost to do anything about it. The one thing I was not expecting from this story was for the relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan to be so pivotal, and even after reading most of it I didn't feel that should have had so much impact as it did. And the ending felt so rushed that it didn't feel wholly pulled together. I just had a hard time believing that this strong heroine would just sit back passively and watch while things happened around her, and then to react later on in such a strong, violent way. And honestly it was at that point that I began to lose my connection to Tiger Lily, because while I could understand her distress I couldn't fathom her rationale behind her choices. And for a book that's promoted as a love story- well, I found the romance between Peter and Tiger Lily to be rather rushed. And I found where the book really shone, was in its portrayal of various other relationships and qthe idea of cultures clashing and transformation and feeling like a misfit. THAT, more than any love story, is what the book (even unconsciously) seems to be about. And that's what's so striking about it. But all in all, this is a truly unique and stunning book that leaves a small mark on your heart. It's one that's unforgettable, partially because of how it makes you think differently about this familiar story and question characters like Pan, Wendy, Tiger Lily, and Tinker Bell to think of them in ways we've never seen before. ARC borrowed from Wendy @ A Cupcake and a Latte
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Irresistibly Bittersweet and Incredibly Addicting *A copy was provided by the publisher pre-onsale date for review* This novel was extraordinarily delicious and beyond anything that I had pre-imagined! I spent days (literally) working through my feelings on this novel, and after getting through it all I can honestly say that this novel was completely mind blowing! Not only did I completely love it, but I waved it about family and friends personally coaxing them to grab copies as soon as it would hit stores. Irresistibly Bittersweet and Incredibly Addicting Have you ever wondered about the girl with the crow feather in her hair? As a child I certainly did, despite my complete adoration for the relationship that blossomed between Wendy and our childhood favorite Peter Pan. Even so, Tiger Lily in the old classic instantly proved to be quite an interesting character, one I had always hoped to learn more of, so imagine my surprise when I was first pitched the title of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. My first thoughts were of pure genius! Why hadn't anyone thought of tackling the story of Tiger Lily before?! With my untamable excitement at an all time high, it was fairly clear to just about anyone that I absolutely could not wait to sink my teeth into this title the moment it arrived on my desk. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson follows the rather surprising and unexpected point of view narration of our beloved Tinkerbell. Her personal POV was quite a surprise for me, mostly because I had assumed, or rather expected, that Jodi Lynn Anderson's novel would feature the sole narration of Tiger Lily herself. With that said, I'm actually quite surprised at how wonderfully it all pulled through. One would expect to be completely lost in the loop with the perspective narration of an outside character looking in, but Tinkerbell (or rather Jodi Lynn Anderson) did a phenomenal job painting a solid, and at times completely heartbreaking, picture of everyone's childhood favorite Peter Pan and his love interest Tiger Lily. Speaking of heartbreaking, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson is ruthlessly bittersweet, yet it continuously manages to pull you in over and over again, only to be completely emotionally riveted once more. Honestly, how did this woman do this?! I sighed, I swooned, and I blubbered like a baby, and all because of Tiger Lily's often enough heartwarming and heartbreaking story. Furthermore, despite it's completely emotionally riveting aspects, Tiger Lily was beautifully written by one Jodi Lynn Anderson. Completely poetic and instantly grasping, Jodi Lynn Anderson's writing was the clear voice of our beloved Tinkerbell; completely snarky, jealous, but brutally honest - I loved it! Readers who recall their childhood passion and love for Peter Pan are highly recommended to pick up Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. This retelling by Jodi Lynn Anderson will surely pull you in only to leave you begging for more as you reach it's very last page.
Date published: 2012-06-25

Editorial Reviews

“Tiger Lily is a captivating tale—by turns exciting and enchanting.”