Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
Published: July 4, 2017 by Berkley Books
Source: ebook, received from Netgalley and Berkley Books in exchanged for an honest review. (Thanks! 🙂 )
Summary: There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first – and favorite – lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grown-ups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock – the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.
Rating: I gave this 3/5 stars on Goodreads!
Thoughts: This book was okay. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, but enjoyable still.
The premise of this book was definitely interesting. There have been many Peter Pan retellings, but none of the story of Captain Hook (that I have read). That made me interested.
Christina Henry has a lovely, captivating writing style. It pulls you in. This book was intriguing. I wanted to know how it ended, and it made me want to keep reading.
This story follows Jamie, who we know turns out to be Captain Hook. Jamie was Peter’s very first lost boy and quite literally his right hand man. (You’ll understand if you’ve read, ha!) For years, Jamie loved Peter, so much. Too much. Jamie never thought a bad thought of Peter. But when that began to change, when Jamie began to slowly grow up, is really when this story gets started.
There was a lot of violence. A lot. Too much for a young audience to read, so I am not sure that this should be marketed as a YA novel. But anyway, there was a lot of violence and monsters. Almost constant fighting among the boys, and the boys and monsters, and the boys and the pirates. It started to be exhausting after the first couple fights, but I wanted to finish it, so I pushed through.
Jamie was such a strong voice. It was very interesting reading from his point of view. Peter really is not very nice, and Neverland definitely is not what Disney portrayed in this book, not even a little. I think that Christina Henry wanted all of her readers to feel the same way about Peter in this one. You kind of have to forget about watching the Disney movie and take this as its own thing, a completely different story. Because in comparison, it is a completely different story. Peter is rude, and mean, and just a very bad boy.
My biggest problem with this book is where the little boy, Charlie, comes into play. Charlie was a new little boy brought into the story from the Other Place by Peter. Peter and all the other boys have an agenda against this little bitty 5-year-old boy. It was disgusting. And there are more things that bothered me, but I won’t say because of spoilers. Jamie took Charlie under his wing and cared for him. I think that Charlie was a completely necessary character. He showed Jamie the true Peter and showed Jamie that he can be his own person. Charlie was the best character.
Sal was another character I really liked, but again, I had problems with the way things ended and the decisions that were made that concerned Sal. Again, I won’t say so that I won’t spoil, but if you read this, just know I was not happy with the end result.
As I said, this book had a really awesome premise. I’m glad that I read it! I do wish it would have been a little better, but it was still enjoyable. It just didn’t “wow” me like I was expecting I guess. I have always been a huge Peter Pan fan though. I really loved reading the potential background of Captain Hook. This book shines a whole new light on the lovable character that is Peter Pan!
I would still recommend this book to anyone who is interested or likes Peter Pan. It is definitely a very different story, but it was a good kind of different!
Thanks for reading! (:
I was send this book via ebook as an ARC by Berkley Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.