I'm not a fan of Peter Pan. It was never one of my "chosen" fairy tales while growing up, mainly because Peter Pan was always a little strange to me, and not in a good way. I decided to read this book because as lame as it sounds, I fell in love with the cover. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? Yes, I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but in this one case you absolutely should!
This book went far beyond my expectations in what it could provide me, the reader. It is a thought provoking look at a fairy tale with a newly discovered feminine point of view. Oh, and the strange Peter Pan, he lives up to all his underlying questionable mannerisms. The characters are imaginatively vivid, and feel like new creations in the hands of Colleen Oakes. This is not Mary Martin flying about the nursery in search of "his" shadow. This is unattended, unsupervised teens stealing whiskey and playing war. Above all else it is Wendy Darling, and the unwritten story of young love, growing into responsibility, and facing that rift of childhood adventures as you fall into adulthood.
There are hard truths in this book, and it addresses some very real issues that we deal with today in our society, but it never beats you over the head with it. I love that Colleen Oakes assumed her audience was intelligent enough to read the tone of her narrative and understand the pivotal points without being directly told.
I highly recommend this novel for many reasons, and I hope that others who are or are not fans of Peter Pan will put that aside and look at this as a new story. It's one that needs to be read.