May 20, 2014

Today is our stop on the tour for 

Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews

Release Date: May 1, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Retelling

Girl Lost Summary:

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. 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.

Ana will put Girl Lost on her third shelf!!

I’m not quite sure where to start with this review.  This retelling of the classic Peter Pan story had a lot going for it.  It was updated and modern with the (now older) characters trying to find their way in the real world and an edgy feel to it with mystery and plot twists that left you wondering what would happen next. It was new yet it still felt familiar.  The writing was good and the storytelling unique.  However, for me, there were a few things that left me cold.

Gwendolyn, “Gwendy”, lost her parents when pirates came aboard their ship and killed them.  She survived and was left adrift of 3 weeks, finally being found and returned home.  The problem?  She was delusional, claiming to have spent a great deal of time on an island with a “boy”.  Because the story could not be corroborated, she was deemed to be mentally ill and institutionalized.  Years later, she’s trying to rebuild her life and integrate into the real world by going to college.  And this is where our story really begins.

Let me start by telling you what I enjoyed about this book.  If you’ve ever read Peter Pan you are familiar with the characters and I was happy to see that they’re all here in this story.  As you move through the book you meet the pirate, the other boys and the tiny, beautiful friend.  Here, however, they’re college students and frat brothers which is a completely different perspective and an interesting look at what they could be like once they grew up.  I enjoyed the fact that they all made an appearance and interacted with each other.  This retelling was edgy…almost dark in some areas.  Parts made my heart beat quickly and made me question what would happen next.  The characters were mysterious and nothing is handed to the reader on a silver platter.  You need to read between the lines and you need to make some of the connections yourself.  This is refreshing and makes the story all that much more intriguing.  So, it’s safe to say that I enjoyed the story overall.

However, there were parts of this book that I didn’t enjoy as much and most revolved around the characters.  First and foremost, there were times in the book that I didn’t really like Gwendy or Peter.  Considering that Peter was trying to help her remember and was, in fact, in love with her, made me question his treatment of her.  His periods of intense, almost stalkerish behavior, followed closely by ignoring her for days on end left me both confused and unhappy.  And the fact that she allowed him to treat her that way left me fuming.  Don’t get me wrong.  I understand that she’s confused but watching how he treated his frat bothers and then experiencing how he treated her should have made Gwendy run, run fast, from that boy!  But then again, she could be rather unlikeable too.  I didn’t care for the way she treated some of the people around her either.  Lane, for example, who just wanted to be with her, was thrown to the curb in a very unceremonious way.

But, in reality, I could get over these character flaws if I had been given some answers.  Sadly, I was not.  The end was very unsatisfactory for me.  I had made it through the whole book, anxiously waiting to find out how Peter got there, whether magic played a part in all of this, why he’d waited so long to come to her and, of course, to see how the story would unfold between them.  However, the book ends without any of those answers… feeling, to me, like it was incomplete.

So, long story short.  This book is well written.  The plot and setting were very good and kept me turning the pages.  But the characters didn’t win my heart and certain situations didn’t feel right to me (don’t even get me started about the sex!).  I liked it and I didn’t like it…but that’s just me.  If you enjoy retellings, you may want to give it a go and see for yourself.  After all, that’s the beauty of books, they touch each of us differently!

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About the Author: 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.


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