Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily

by Jodi Lynn Anderson


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

When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form an unbreakable bond. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. And yet, she is willing to risk everything—her family, her future—to be with him.

Then an English girl named Wendy Darling arrives on the island. With dangers tightening around them, Tiger Lily soon finds out how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her in Neverland…and discovers that the deadliest enemies lurk inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

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ISBN-13: 9780062883360
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 75,384
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, 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.

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“Funny, free, and utterly imaginative, Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing is packed with loveliness.”

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Tiger Lily 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. I have always loved Peter Pan, and to hear about this book made me so exited. The story was a beautiful one about Tigerlily being Peter Pan's first love before Wendy came. The book was written briliantly from the perspective of Tinkerbell, and within a day of getting the book I finnished it. I have never been a fan of Wendy, even in the Disney version, and the ending suprized me. I didnt think this book was 'dark', and it was especially not 'disturbing' as some people put it. I love this book, and as a thirteen year old, am obsessed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and it' already captured my book-nerd heart. This is a masterpiece. I thought the story of just Peter Pan was great but this tops it. Absolutely brilliant. I don't want to put it down, ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book..not only is it a great modern twist on one of my favorite storys of all time, but its also a fresh take on it from a point of view not often thought of...The way Anderson breathes life into tiger lily makes you practically fall in love with her and all her flaws and insecurities over and over again in each chapter. Her vivid detailing of the tribe life and mischivious lost boys is simply magical...Each time I pick up this book I find myself transported to the mysterious,whimsical land that is neverland! Definitly a book I would reccomend to anyone who wants to explore the darker side of neverland and Wendy Darling...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever made me laugh and cry and fall in love with the charecters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book so much it hurts It's amazing but it's a little slow at the beginning but I promise you it's worth it One of my favorite books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 pages in and already in love this book!
18876111 More than 1 year ago
For me, this story started off slow but did eventually pick up. I thought it was really interesting to have Tinker Bell narrate the story, it was a refreshing perspective. Tiger Lily is dark and the ending was heartbreaking. There is nothing happy about this book, but that's the way it's supposed to be.
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiger Lily was a story that leaves an impression. The story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan felt authentic to me along with all of the side characters that we know from the original story. The setting felt right, the entire feeling of the story just rang true to the original. It felt right to me. And it really had a lot of beauty in it with this magical place with mermaids and fairies along with the lost boys and so much more. The story is told by Tinker Bell and it felt perfect to me. She's seeing it from the outside but yet not... because she can sort of read their minds, she knows more than just what is said aloud. And she's very attuned to what's going on. She's invested in Tiger Lily and wants the best for her and once she meets Peter she falls for him. Tinker Bell cannot speak and to everyone else she's more like a bug than a person. They really pay little to no attention to her and I found myself wishing they did pay her more attention. Also, because Tinker Bell is telling us the story I didn't feel a true connection to the characters like I would have liked. However, I still felt that was sort of the right way to tell this story. It just fit. This one moved along slowly for me. The first half was kind of hard to get through and the second half never had any urgency to it for me. I was wishing for more intensity and action and we just didn't get it. It wasn't boring exactly, just slower moving.I think the issues I had are ones that not everyone is going to agree with. I think it was a beautiful story and well wrote, but I just wanted more. You know? I wanted in the characters heads, I wanted more action and urgency and I wanted to sit on the edge of my seat as I frantically waited for them to be saved or whatever. And that's just not this story. BUT at the same time, like I said before, this story was how it should be with the the authentic feel and the beauty. So while I give this one 3.5 stars I still feel like it's wrong of me. Like it deserves more. It's totally just personal preference here, so don't go by my rating, go by what you want from it and if you think it's a story you'd like to read. I most definitely do still recommend you pick this one up. 3.5/5 stars means I still really enjoyed it, it just wasn't everything I expected.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like many readers, my primary knowledge of the boy who wouldn't grow up comes from the Disney version of Peter Pan (more a tribute than a fully faithful adaptation of the J.M. Barrie plays). And in the Disney (and, to my understanding, in the plays...mostly), Tiger Lily is little more than a simple footnote. All we really seem to know about her is that she's part of the Native American-esque tribe in Neverland who sort of (kind of) has this thing for Peter. But that's it. With her new novel Tiger Lily, author Jodi Lynn Anderson is out to shine a light on Tiger Lily's story.Tiger Lily is something of a wildling. Instead of following the strict gender roles (and rules) of her tribe, she prefers to spend her time running wild in the woods and exploring the many wonders of Neverland. Her tribe always advised her to stay away from strangers, even the Lost Boys. But one day when she's exploring the forest, she meets the fascinating Peter Pan. Tiger Lily finds herself falling in love with Peter, though her tribe (and a mysterious British girl named Wendy) threaten to tear them apart.Told through the viewpoint of Tinker Bell (who, thank goodness, cannot talk, but for some reason can read minds), Anderson paints Tiger Lily as the "jilted lover" of Peter Pan, who ended up with the very short end of the stick -all because of a girl named Wendy. Though Anderson offers a heartbreaking tale of young love and loss, it was difficult to become fully invested in the characters, especially Tiger Lily, and their struggles. I think stems from the fact that Tinker Bell was the narrator, rather than Tiger Lily herself. Even though Tink can reader minds, it's not the same as hearing a tale directly from someone's own mouth -especially since the entire concept of the novel is to delve into Tiger Lily's mind and help readers understand her hurt. Instead, I felt like Tink was this major barrier between the reader and Tiger Lily who was relegated to describing someone else's life through primarily vague overviews (meaning not very much dialog).Even though Anderson offers a unique and dark take on the boy who wouldn't grow up, Tiger Lily doesn't draw any genuine sympathy out of the reader, which seems to be the purpose of the entire book. Instead, I felt like the book was too far removed from the main character to have much impact, and the overall plot line was just not very compelling. This premise had so much promise, but it just fell flat.
ltcl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tiger Lily is not your Disney version of Peter Pan and friends nor is it a close copy to the original story by J.M. Barre. Instead, it is a wonderfully original telling of what might have happened and how hearts are broken, love happens in unexpected ways, pirates are not always good guys who are misunderstood and happy endings don't automatically happen. Through the clever narration of TinkerBell, we see Tiger Lily as a headstrong girl who follows her heart more so than her head. She goes against the tribe and saves a stranded Englishman, befriends Peter and his lost boys but does her best to honor her father's wishes. In the end, she is just a teenage girl complete with raging hormones, jealous of the newcomer Wendy's hold on Peter and blind to those who love her. Will she follow her heart and run off with Peter or will she follow the wishes of her father and friends ? Jodi Lynn Anderson has pulled off one of the better retold fairy tales and I hope she will take on another very soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wished it ended differently.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars, but we'll just go with four because someone's too lazy to make half star graphics just like Goodreads rating system. Anyhoooooooooo. Audiobook rating: five crowns. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I mean, she was SO SO SO Tink. If anyone else had done this narration, I don't think it would have come out as organic as it did. I super recommend reading it via audiobook. Okay, if you're looking for a high flying, totally jam packed action book, click off this review right now. This is one of those books that is a slow simmer. It's jam packed with lyrical, beautiful writing, amazing descriptions, in-depth characterization, and a full of the story and its characters that you thought you knew but totally reinvented in a tragic and dark way. I mean, I kind of sold it, though, didn't I?  The truth is, there isn't much of a plot to this story other than to look into the characters that you know from Neverland - whether you love or hate them - and look at the what could have been's, what if's, and maybe the backstory of Peter Pan. This story is narrated by Tink, but it tells the story of all of the characters but mostly the love story between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan.  The characterization was brilliant. I mean, it takes all the surface level backstories and character traits that we get in J. M. Barrie's story and the Disney movie and takes it in a whole new way. Tinkerbell is flawless (although I kind of expected her to be a bit more angsty), Tiger Lily is amazingggggg, Pan is well done, and all of the other characters were realistically done. They fit with the parameters that Barrie and Disney gave us but Anderson takes them in new and mostly twisted directions. Tiger Lily was so strong and fierce and amazing. My person favorite characters that weren't the main ones were Tick Tock, Pine Sap, and Moon Eyes. They were intriguing side characters, and every mention of things that happened in the original story was a delight. As I said, there wasn't much of a plot, and that did bug me at parts. The beginning parts are quite slow since you're really just setting everything up. It's one of those stories where the descriptions are lush and full of life that you enjoy reading them and don't need the action as much. This is a true coming of age story, except in the insane world of Neverland. However, there were times that I was like,ugh, can we just hurry this along and give me a PLOT????? SOME ACTION? It does pick up in the last 3/4 of the book quite a bit, and I was so eager to get back to it. It's a small gripe, but I kind of wasn't as pleased with how Wendy with included into the story. Like, I like the fact that she was in the story, which was super necessary since she plays such a huge part in the original story. However, I didn't quite like Anderson's way of putting her in because SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS it didn't fit with the original story. Wendy comes in on a ship with her brothers never seen? It super threw me off that she just came on a random boat and was ingrained in with all the magic of the original one. It was okay, but I was sad it didn't fit more with the original story. However, Wendy's characterization was unique and it was still interesting. END OF SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS. I never really got into the ship so much, but I did think it was well done. It was two young teens, naive and a bit foolish and reckless that fell in love. It was realistically and brilliantly done. Ugh, maybe I'm being King Triton ag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most amazing books I've ever read
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Neverland is complicated. You have faeries running off to spy on 15-year-old girls, the same girls running off to run around the forest like a wild beast with a pack of boys, drunk pirates trying to kill said boys for no explained reason, and missionaries coming in to convince the tribe to bully their wonder transgender shaman to deny who he is. This book is marketed as a love story between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily and I can feel the author trying to do that, but honestly? This is just a mess. It's told in the POV of Tinkerbell, who is self-admittedly useless to the situation. The perk of this is that, HEY! Faeries are telepaths so now we can hear everyone's thoughts, as well as random interruptions about how Tinkerbell loves Peter but he'll never really notice her because she's small. Tinkerbell tells us that Tiger Lily loves Peter Pan, but I don't get that impression at all. The only person I can feel that this angry, selfish little character loves is her adoptive father, Tik Tok. Tik Tok is the small redeeming quality of this book. He is smart and interesting and kind. I loved all the scenes with him, and my heart BROKE when Phillip and the village destroyed his soul. There's a commentary to be had here about religious beliefs and acceptance of transgender peoples and to see everyone turn on him was devastating and horrible. Also, speaking of horrible things that could have used deeper focus and discussion, can we spotlight for a moment that I'm pretty sure in the middle there, Giant RAPED Moon Eye? And nobody is talking about it? Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell are so wrapped up in running back to hang out with Peter Pan that not only has she failed to protect the things that her adoptive father held so dear, including his identity, but she barely notices the red flags when her only female friend has been raped? Did I miss something? I'm not even going into the disappointing mess that is the pirates, the moments of physical abuse, or the fact that every time Tiger Lily is with the Lost Boys someone is pointing out her physical faults or calling her ugly. Let's move on to Neverland itself. Neverland is written as a real place in a real ocean, not the old "second star to the right" adage that we know so well. While this is a choice that takes the magic from the place, it's written well in this want and although I personally didn't like it, that's not enough to take a star off for the world choice. I found the writing not to my taste as well, although this may have to do with Tinkerbell telling the story. She's a character I have never enjoyed. Overall? I found this book disappointing, scattered, and boring. It was nearly a DNF, but I powered through and finished it this afternoon. It's not one I would add to my bookshelf or read again.
SCHSReader1 More than 1 year ago
Tiger Lily is a book about a girl in her teens living in Neverland. After Tiger Lily finds a lost Englander, her father Tik Tok arranges a marriage for her in exchange for being able to watch the Englander. Tiger Lily is set to marry Giant, but falls in love with Peter Pan. Tiger Lily’s best friend, Pine Sap, loves her and she doesn’t know. After Tiger Lily nurses the Englander back to health, he doesn’t like that Tik Tok is girly so he cuts Tik Tok’s hair and replaces his clothes. Tik Tok kills himself and Tiger Lily goes into a depression. Peter betrays Tiger Lily when more Englanders show up by meeting Wendy and loving her instead. Eventually, Tiger Lily tries to kill Peter and Wendy but then saves them. Peter then moves to England to be with Wendy. Tiger Lily then marries Giant and 2 weeks later, he dies. After that, she realizes she has always loved Pine Sap and they get married. This book is told in Tinker Bell’s point of view, who has always followed Tiger Lily around since she was little. I recommend this book because it’s touching, realistic, and unpredictable. It’s touching when Tiger Lily realizes she loves Pine Sap. It’s realistic when Tiger Lily catches feelings for Peter. It’s unpredictable when Tiger Lily saves Peter from drowning though she tried to kill him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shad walked in, his eyes soft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down. I stayed up to 2 AM just reading it. But it ended to quickly :( this book is amazing, and if you dont read it I shall surely cry.
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Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Being the lover of retellings and Peter Pan that I am, when I first heard of Tiger Lily (and the rave reviews it was getting) I knew I had to read the version of events. Unfortunately, Tiger Lily and I did not mesh well. What started off as a wonderful story, I absolutely fell in love with the first two pages, went quickly down hill. Tiger Lily lives in a village where she was adopted by their shaman, Tik Tok, and she is character where something is different about her. She's not like the other girls. Tink, our narrator, thinks the same and secretly follows Tiger Lily on her adventures. Eventually Tiger Lily encounters Peter Pan, whom Tink and Tiger Lily fall in love with, and his group of Lost Boys. I wasn't a fan of Tink being the narrator. For me, it took away from the story. I didn't see any character development from anybody - maybe a smidge from Tiger Lily and her friend Pine Sap - but that's it. Her narration felt too much like observing, which is was, instead of being inserted into the story. Like, people watching only the people are boring. While I appreciate Jodi's new take on an old favorite, I was bored by Tiger Lily. I do think Jodi turned the story into her own creation, and there are nods to the original story, but I didn't find myself involved or even interested in the story of the characters. With a 3.97 Goodreads rating, I'm clearly in the minority, but I felt such a disconnect with this story and its characters. The writing is beautiful and I can see how others fall in love with this story, but I just was not one of them. However, I do think Jodi ended the story very well as it felt fitting and realistic to both the story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a refreshing take on Peter Pan. I loved it.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I had been interested in reading this one for quite some time now so I'm glad I made time for it! It was such a beautifully written story and I really enjoyed seeing Neverland from Tiger Lily's point of view and learning about her tribe, how she meets Peter Pan, and see how their relationship becomes what it does. This is a very character driven novel though and the pacing is on the slower side. It is very detailed and there's not very much in the way of dialogue until a bit later in the book. The reason for that is because of who our narrator is- a brilliant move on Anderson's part. I was surprised by how affected by this book I was. The ending had me choked up and I definitely felt for Tiger Lily and our narrator. It was very bittersweet and I couldn't help but feel at a loss for the events that happened, even though we all know how the story of Peter Pan ends. Tiger Lily and Peter Pan couldn't be more different and yet they are alike in their stubbornness. Tiger Lily is strong, but she is also dutiful and loyal to her tribe. She will make the hard sacrifices because of that loyalty, even though she wishes things could be different. Peter is selfish. He doesn't know any better, really. While he is the leader of the Lost Boys and his loyalty is to them, he is willing to make room for Tiger Lily and he lets her become a part of their band of misfits. He is open with his emotions and feelings, where Tiger Lily is not. She could be misconstrued as cold and detached, but that's not the case. She just doesn't outwardly express her emotions and that block became a part of their issues. It's like these two had a brief moment in time, before it flitted away on the wind never to be found again. It's heartbreakingly sad, but it wasn't meant to be either. Overall, I enjoyed reading Tiger Lily's story, I loved the narrator and how that person tied into the grander scheme of things, and seeing how all the lore of Neverland, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys was presented and taken to a new level. “I like to think that nothing’s final, and that everyone gets to be together even when it looks like they don’t, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I’ll see you sometime again, even if it’s not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story gives you the real story of Peter pan. It's deep, magical and soulfully thought provoking. I loved every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely in love with everything about this book!