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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – Review by Gina, Teen Blogger


**Spoiler Alert! There are some plot spoilers throughout this review.**

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Tiger Lily - book coverThe character, Tiger Lily, wasn’t my favorite type of person to read about. She was mysterious and didn’t say much, so she was hard to relate to or get to know. I think that’s why the author chose to write the book in alternating perspectives, where readers read not only from Tiger Lily’s perspective but from her little friend, Tinkerbell's. It was very interesting how Tinkerbell helped me understand Tiger Lily’s decisions and thoughts. By reading from this point of view, I enjoyed reading about a love story and I avoided getting too emotional about the main character’s emotional experiences.

As I was reading, I imagined the original Peter Pan and compared it to this version. Some parts made sense but some did not, such as Peter Pan ending up living in England, getting old. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t supposed to get old. Also, I used to dislike Tinkerbell because she was too sensitive, jealous, and selfish, but I think I’m going to see her differently now that I went through her perspective. As for Wendy, in the original story, I had no feelings towards her, but now I do—disgust—because Tinkerbell saw her as a 'crybaby'. I blame it on Tink, she had some fantastic expressive skills and opinions. It’s truly amazing how a book can change people’s minds so easily and quickly.

One of the messages that I think the author is trying to give to the readers can be found in the suicide of Tik Tok. He is transgender and everyone in the village accepts this as a fact. There is nothing absurd about it until an English gentleman, Phillip, comes along. I hated Phillip for causing too much trouble for Tiger Lily and, of course, Tik Tok. It made me think that maybe the main antagonist is Phillip, not Captain Hook. If he wasn’t there, other English people such as Wendy wouldn’t have come along—I would’ve liked that!

Towards the end, Tink points out that the only people who love Tiger Lily, the way she is, are Tik Tok, Pine Sap, and Tink herself. I agree with her because I’m not sure if Peter would’ve liked her in the first place if Tiger Lily wasn’t so brave, strong, and stable. I’ve learned that those who love me the way I am are the only ones that I can truly trust in the whole world.

I liked this book very much for a few reasons, but the strongest one is that there were many surprising twists. These days, most teenage novels have predictable endings, and we’re so used to expecting things to get better and to somehow eventually resolve positively at the end. Also, I used to think that there couldn’t be a book for teenagers that ended unhappily, especially in a fantasy romance novel. Well, this book did. The ironic thing about this is that, as much as I didn’t enjoy the sorrow and heaviness while finishing the book, I liked the ending a lot. I wouldn’t change a thing because the flaws in the ending are beautiful.

Finally, I’d like to give warm notes from my heart to Tiger Lily. Although she’s not real, she did what she could do and I’m glad that she could be happy after all. To Peter, I’d like to welcome him to the reality of the world and let him know that if I was him, I would never leave my true love behind.

This quickly-read book is absorbing and will thrill you greatly even after you close it.

Gina,

Teen Blogger

 

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