Another book read for the Classics Club which if you don’t already know, is a club where we make a list of a minimum of 50 classics we want to read in 5 years or less and then we blog and talk about the book after we are done. Join here if you are interested and here is my original list.
Author: J. M. Barrie
“All children, except one, grow up.”
Reading this when I’m older seriously made me realise just how dark this book is. I know all children’s classics are a bit dark but I feel like actually reading the story (finally) made me see so much more in this story.
So yes, I haven’t actually ever read this. I’ve grew up watching the Disney adaptation and I read Tiger Lily over the summer and completely fell in love with it. I finally got to this and let’s just say it was kind of not what I expected.
First of all, let me just start off by saying that you should stop whatever you’re doing and go read the retelling, Tiger Lily by Jodi-Lynn Anderson. That book is just so good, I can’t even explain to you how breathtaking it is. So obviously, I had very different opinions and those changed even more once I finished reading this.
I honestly hated Wendy before I read this and hate he 10 times more (if that’s even possible) after reading it. I’ll get into more detail about that later but I adore Tiger Lily and after reading this, I felt even worse for her and it makes me so frustrated because she is such an underrated character. My feelings for Peter Pan also changed quite a bit. I was always quite fond of him but after reading this, I almost disliked him a bit but I still love him and his wild gang of lost boys.
But anyway, those were just some of my thoughts going in before and after, let’s get on with this actual review.
“Wendy,” Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, “Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”
Let me start off by talking about the writing. This did not really affect my opinion on the book because I will always love this story. It’s just that there were moments were certain sections were so rushed and it’s probably because this is a children’s book and the author didn’t want to bore kids with long prosy descriptions but I was a little taken aback at how quick certain scenes were. You’d understand if you’ve read that book but it was just something I picked up on.
Although I did adore the story. It was so entertaining and I just felt completely transported to Neverland and it just made me feel like a little kid again. There were so many adventures and there was never a moment to be bored because one moment they are battling pirates, then rescuing Wendy, then escaping crocodiles, then going on hunts with the lost boys and it just made me so happy to read.
And of course, I loved the magic. There was always this sense of adventure and this book completely transports you into this mysterious made up land. The pirates were the perfect villains I always pictured, the lost boys were just lovable and completely boyish as always and they all learned to fly and sjjsksjsaaksjkk my heart just cries whenever I think of this book.
As for the characters, I’ll go through them really quickly.
✨ Peter Pan
Like I said before, I didn’t like him as much as I did before after reading this. I still kind of love him though because he’s such a child and I can’t blame him for anything. Peter Pan is definitely an extremely unique character and he will always be this clueless, adventurous, unruly little child with no one to control or hold him down.
✨ The Lost Boys
These boys will always have a place in my heart and words can’t even explain how precious these boys are. They all look up to Wendy and Peter and they all think of them as their parents and my heart just goes out to these orphan children and I’m currently wondering how I can adopt all of them right now.
She will always be completely underrated. She is so hilarious, snarky and wild and I just love her. Her character was amazing in the movie and even more amazing in the book. I love how she completely hates Wendy, I honestly can’t blame her and she’s just adorable, even though I know she would absolutely hate me for saying that.
Wendy is a completely different story. I kind of have a strong burning hate for her that I have ongoing with a fiery passion. She is just so annoying and gets in the way of Tiger Lily and Peter and she is just a burden. She’s kind of a know-it-all and thinks she’s entitled and the boss of everyone. Okay, I just had to get that off my chest but now it’s out there and I don’t regret it.
✨ Tiger Lily
By far my favourite character and so underrated. She is so amazing, strong, smart, beautiful and brave and I will never wrap my head around the fact that Peter chose Wendy over Tiger Lily. Anyway, I’m going to stop talking now before things get even more heated but just know that Tiger Lily is an actual goddess and I love her.
✨ The Pirates
Perfect villains, A++++. That’s all I have to say.
I’m really glad I finally got around to reading this book and it was definitely quite a random read for me. I will always love this story and continue to watch the movie endlessly. Always remember that you are never too old to read Peter Pan.
“Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning. ”