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 grownups 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.
Obviously a somewhat darker look at the Peter Pan story held great appeal. Now I admit it's set before the more well-known story and honestly, it's a lot more intense than any Disney version. Please don't expect singing and happy times but be ready to see the boy that didn't grow up as a lot more monstrous then previously portrayed.
This is essentially a glimpse into just how Captain Hook might have become Peter's arch nemesis. We know they were enemies but what started it? Well how about Jamie was once a boy who ran, played and laughed with Peter? An original 'lost boy' brought to a magical island to keep Peter company and never grow old alongside other playmates. The problem is, Peter is a child with all the egocentric feelings youth can bring. He doesn't understand love or loyalty and is utterly selfish to the point that only his own needs and gratification are important. Here is where Jamie struggles as he's seen so many of the other children who are promised eternal youth and happiness by Peter fall and yes, he's buried them. Lost Boy slowly escalates as characters fight amongst themselves (think Lord of the Flies) with pettiness, jealousy, and violence rearing their ugly heads. Yet all this is escalated by Peter as he pushes, plots, and then even he makes big mistakes that change so much.
So not a typical piece of fan fiction that could have been written about Neverland and if Peter Pan is your hero then here he is solidly given feet of clay! This was a shock and very harrowing to read at times. I'd read about half and had to go to bed but my mind kept returning to this story and the characters' turmoil which shows I think just how gripped I was by it.
What I will say is that it's Jamie who dominates this story with an almost absent mercurial Peter. Seeing the different dynamics as Jamie was portrayed as the caring protagonist and Peter frankly is possibly the villain, but then I remind myself it's a portrayal of a side of childhood we ignore. Not a sweet, funny retelling. I was totally immersed in it even if at times the utter bloodthirsty antics horrified me. Yet I finish by understanding just possibly why Hook and Peter became unwavering enemies. I'm left with a sense of sadness and the hope that in real life, friends can always be there to support each other.
This is a voluntary review and my thoughts and comments are my own honest and I believe a fair opinion.