3 / 5 Stars
Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.
Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.
When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.
Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.
But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.
I loved the plot. I tell you that first because I have to admit that I was not a fan of how this wonderful story was written.
I felt it had a very basic writing format. Things seemed to skip ahead or move to quickly when they didn’t need to or could have easily been more filled out. It didn’t flow as well as I wanted it to and reading it felt choppy and almost elementary at points.
That said, I loved Wiley. I thought her brothers were really underdeveloped and I thought Phinn was annoying and his demeanor was transparent the whole time. Like I said, basic writing.
I also need to address the fact that there was a lot of hinted at pieces to this book that bothered me. I don’t want to give away too much but parts of this book made me uneasy and that’s not something I associate with Peter Pan.
I mildly liked the book. I liked where the story went and where it is still going (wasn’t expecting there to be a sequel but there will be!). But overall, the writing style was only subpar for me and really hurt it for me.
If you’re looking for a halfway decent retelling, this might be a good choice. Might be. If you’re looking for a book with substance and depth, look elsewhere.