Early 5bat! Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

July 2, 2012 Review 2

*This title will be released on July 3, 2012*

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Genre: Fantasy YA | Excerpt: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Goodreads First Reads

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; July 3, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0062003259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062003256


Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

Sexual Content

Oblique references to rape, kissing.


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

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.


I finished TIGER LILY with a gasp a goosebumps, head over heels in love with the characters and world that Anderson created.  I was hesitant to start it, Tiger Lily was always a character that fired my imagination, but even my childhood daydreams couldn’t quite fit her happily ever after into the myth.  In TIGER LILY, Jodi Lynn Anderson has given me the Peter Pan story I’ve always dreamed of, gorgeously written, intimate, and inspired.

As I read TIGER LILY my mind’s eye kept flashing to Disney’s clean, happy drawings, making Anderson’s beautiful descriptions and realism all the more wonderful.  While I expected to love Tiger Lily, her strength and solitary nature were more than I imagined.  Seeing her alongside Peter, with his bravado and loneliness and charisma, made it apparent that their young love was both fierce and flawed.  I had not expected Tinker Bell as a narrator, but Anderson saves her from the vain Disney portrayal.   It is this Tink, alien and empathetic and charming, that will live on in my memory.  Even Anderson’s pirates, human and frightening and murderous, have drowned out the all the bumbling Smees and bombastic Hooks of the past.  The people in TIGER LILY still struggle with the human issues of loss and acceptance, identity and bullying, young love and friendship.   Her Neverland, still magical yet nestled into the shores of our mundane world, seems somehow all the more fantastic for its closeness.   The list of details and gorgeous characters could just go on and on, Anderson has made all parts of this world uniquely and beautifully her own.

With the dark, dreamy narrative of TIGER LILY fresh in my mind, I wish I could write a review that would do this fairy tale justice.  The best Neverland I’ve ever visited, the best fairy tale I’ve read all year, and characters that are both magical and utterly human.  I’m so glad I took a chance and read this book.  Anderson has breathed a new, teenaged life into the spirit of Tiger Lily without ever betraying the youthful hopes and dreams invested I once in her.

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2 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson”

  1. The Bookish Brunette

    I have heard so many mixed things about Tiger Lily! I wanted SO badly to read it, and now I’ve been holding off on grabbing a copy! I think I’ve changed my mind though!!! 😉