Review: Lost Boy, The True Story of Captain Hook – Christina Henry

The first read of the year has come and gone, and what a way to start!

I wanted to go into the new year with a shorter read, in a way to get my footing without losing the momentum I already had from 2017, and so, I chose Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry.

Did Lost Boy start 2018 on the right reading foot? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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32828538Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry 

Publisher: Berkley Books (July 4, 2017)

Print Length: 292 pages

Audiobook Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins

Narrator: Samuel Roukin

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.

The Review

New favourite author alert!

Christina Henry was able to breath life into an old classic all while making me realize that I’ve never liked the character of Peter Pan.

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook re-imagines the story of Peter Pan by, instead of following the tutelary character, seeing the world through the eyes of one of Peter’s lost boy’s, Jamie, who would eventually grow up to and become Peter Pan’s most fearsome adversary.

Henry’s writing is engaging. So much so in fact that I forgot that it was J.M. Barrie that came up with the concept and not Henry. The pacing of the novel is equally as fantastic, with one of my only complaints being having to leave the world Henry created after 200 plus pages.

The character of Jamie is a fantastic representation of the sympathetic villain trend that has been dominating retellings as of late. It takes practically the entire book to unfold but there is a few very good reasons he grows to hate Peter. It was also nice to see how Jamie’s views of family were in direct contradiction to that of the free spirited Peter it added a nice symbolism to how Lost Boy ends.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And there you have it, my review of Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook. Have any retellings that left you breathless? Leave it as a comment below and help my TBR grow.

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