Review: Lost Boy by Christian Henry
“Was this, I wondered, what it felt like to be a grown-up? Did you always feel the weight of things on you, your cares pressing you down like a burden you could never shake? No wonder Peter could fly. He had no worries to weight him to the earth.”
For a lover of all things Peter Pan, this story was a though pill to swallow. Ever since I was a little girl, Peter Pan because my hero. Jumping in bed wishing I could fly and go to the mystical NeverLand was all I ever wanted. Reading Captain Hook's version of our famous Peter Pan broke my child's heart a little. However, the story is so poignant that it took me on a beautiful ride back to the place I wanted so hard to be real.
This Peter Pan retelling tells the story of James - Peter's first and favorite Lost Boy. As Peter, starts collecting boys from the Other World, James is starts to notice that most of these young children don't survive in the long run for the hardships of Neverland. Whether it is ungodly monsters, crocodiles or fighting with pirates more and more kids are falling to the disgrace of Neverland. After Charlie, a much too young kid is brought a long with Peter, Jamie puts his foot down and starts falling out of his love or spell for Peter Pan and his island. The slow transformation of Jamie being Peter's follower to eventually hating Peter Pan and what he stands for is undeniably appealing. A story where the plot is told by the voice of our always known enemy, the one Peter taught the future Lost Kids to hate, was actually a young boy once trapped in Peter's games until he realized what Peter actually wanted.
“They all thought they were special, but only I was. I was first and none of them could take that from me. I was first and best and last and always.”
My favorite aspect of the book was Jamie as a character. His deeply rooted love for Peter and his transitions from a flat character that loved Peter and would follow in his crazy adventures, to becoming a parent for the boys and being there for them when Peter was just there for his adventures that eventually would get them killed.
Some parts where the book lacks is the actual storyline. Many parts of the plot are caught off by Jamie's inner dialogue. When the only girl to ever set foot in the boy's camp is murdered, there is really no emphasis on what happened or the effect it had on James. Even though, he was falling in love with her. These areas where I feel more plot or drama could be added to actually make us fall for the sub-characters and the actual plot where left out.
-- 3.5 stars --