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Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson Man, what a story! I've always wanted to read Tiger Lily for quite some time now, but I sure as hell didn't see what was in stores for me.We've been hugely introduced to Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and Wendy Darling ever since we knew what a television is. We practically know their stories and lives inside out. But did anybody ever consider discovering Tiger Lily? I sure am glad this book was written. I swear it totally caught me off guard. You guys, Jodi Lynn Anderson is such a great story teller.This may not be your average fairy-tale. It's not everyday you get to read a book through a different eye, and the way Tinker Bell tells it were engrossing and insightful. I see others doesn't quite like it as much as I loved it, but it's okay. It was exceptionally breathtaking for me. So we've known Tiger Lily as this native girl from Neverland who seem to be infatuated with Peter Pan. At least that's what I know from seeing the movies. But what I didn't know that behind her monosyllabic approach: "There was a strength and there was also just the determination to look strong. She guarded herself like a secret." Tiger Lily, for a time, had never seen herself as so much of a feminine as other girls in her tribe. Grew up with the tribe leader, Tik Tok, who seem to be accepting the nature that he is both a man and a woman, Tiger Lily serves her duty well to the tribe as being under the shaman's wing. It's sad when she sees to be unaccepted other than her close companions - Pine Sap and Tinker Bell.What gripped me more other than her high definition of a character with wild independence and nonchalance on others indifference was the fact that she is, in fact, a girl. Her meeting Peter Pan opened her to a different kind of world. Still reserved but apparent. Of course, she discovered love. I knew for one between her and Peter Pan would never happen but I still try. Knowing them together seemed inevitable especially since the boy giving off signals and letting her on might still be good. But we all knew who Peter Pan belonged to."But you loved me?" she said simply.He stared at her for a long time. There was no twinkle in his eyes. "Maybe I just love some of you. Maybe not enough."...and then I bawled. "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 all the evidence seems to say something else - that all things end happy." -Peter Pan's letter to Tiger Lily...and I bawled some more. That's just me, a sucker for a sad or happy endings.This may not end well for you as it was to me, but was still worth the thrill. And yeah, I cried so hard 'cause I'm cool like that.P.S. I get a sense of nostalgia visiting Neverland again. Not seeing but imagining. It was awesomely good. I admit, Tink was never a favorite character of mine, but knowing everything she sees, hears and feels struck out to me big time. "Because as always, my curiosity outweighed my fear." - Tink Tinker Bell was a creature to behold. How she stuck with Tiger Lily through everything was emotionally amazing. She practically sold me to loving this book. Tinker Bell's over all disposition, I love it. xx