Publisher: A&A Literary (May 1st, 2014)
This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn't know about my parents death or the island no one heard of. But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me.
He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into. And he listens when I talk, about the past and the terrifying future. He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense.
When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. It’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable.
Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close. And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares. As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.
*Suitable for 17+. A romantic contemporary retelling of the boy who never grew up.
This is a modern retelling of the story of Peter Pan with a few adjustments.
Gwendolyn was on a yacht with her parents when they were murdered and she’s been adrift on the ocean for three weeks, all alone, until she was rescued.
She was only twelve years old.
When she got back she kept talking about a Boy and an island that no one knew anything about and how she spent those three weeks there, this getting her into a special facility for people with mental illnesses.
Seven years later she’s finally out and she’s ready to prove to her brother and aunt that she’s sane and that she will be fine.
The Boy from the island had visited her during those seven years in the clinic but no one has ever been able to see him or hear him which made things worse. She’s afraid that she might start seeing him again, thing that hadn’t happened for two years, and that would ruin her chance at going to a normal college and be among other people.
One day, Peter sits beside her during the literature class and Gwen will fear for her sanity now more than ever.
He is the grown replica of the Boy and he’s determined to be a part of her life. His way of speaking or behaving triggers memories and Gwendolyn’s life spirals quickly out of control. She knows Peter is bad for her, but for some unexplainable reason, she can’t stay away.
The writing style was good but I had a hard time connecting with the characters.
Also, I think she skipped important details like how Gwendolyn and Orchid’s friendship developed and how James entered their lives. He was just there one minute and I had no idea how or why.
I understand focusing the attention on the main characters but when the interactions between them and the others are this strong, details are important.
All in all is was good enough and I think it deserves a chance. I’ll be picking up more of Nazarea’s books.
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.