Never Never

Finished Never Never by Brianna Shrum.  I received a copy from the publisher for review. (Note: this is a Spencer Hill book, but not one of mine.)

Summary (from Goodreads):

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.”

From the second I heard about it, I was excited to read this.  While I’m not huge on Peter Pan like my friends Kathy and Hannah are, I like stories told from a new perspective.  And Neverland as explained by Captain Hook? YES AND YES.

And from the first sentence, this book completely had me.  I loved James Hook, and the way that, even as a little boy, he couldn’t wait to grow up and be a man.   Obviously he and Peter Pan are going to have major problems, right? Because how can you possibly get along with someone who never wants to grow up when that’s all you want to do?

And oh, James and Tiger Lily.  I am generally not a shipper but I loved them (together and separately) so, so much.

This is a fantastic book, one of my favorites of the year.

Highly recommended.


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