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Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

A dark Peter Pan retelling


Jamie is Peter Pan's first companion in Neverland. As Peter starts bringing more boys to the island, he shows his true colors. But when a girl appears, Jamie must make some difficult decisions. Save the Lost Boys or stay loyal to Peter?

My thoughts and feelings:

Christina Henry's Lost Boy is a disturbingly dark Captain Hook origin story, with serious Lord of the Flies vibes. This gruesome book will give you chills. It will change the way you think of Peter Pan, forever. (Don't worry, even you aren't a Lord of the Flies fan, this book is worth the read).

I'm enthralled by all things psychology, so I always love a good villain back story. Henry gives us a twisted version of Peter Pan that provides a detailed explanation for Captain Hook's hatred of Peter.

The way Peter treated the boys, alternately hurting them, then making the Lost Boys believe that they loved him was reminiscent of Stockholm syndrome victims. I would love to dissect all the psychological aspects of this book with fellow book lovers.

If you enjoy alternative narratives, I highly recommend Lost Boy. This was my first book by Christina Henry, but immediately after finishing Lost Boy, I bought Alice. My goal is to work my way through all of Henry's books by the end of 2020!

Favorite Quotes:

" There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth."

"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."

"It’s not such a wonderful thing, to be young,” I said. “It’s heartless, and selfish."

"All children grow up, or they die, or both. All children, except one."

"We were still children, for all that we thought we weren’t. We were in that in-between place, the twilight between childish things and grown-up things."

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