Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 22, 2015
James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one.
Never Never is a re-imagining of the story of Peter Pan and Hook. It takes Hook’s point of view from when he was a boy, a Lost Boy and how he became Hook. It takes him parting from Pan’s games – a boy who doesn’t understand his cruel games and paints Pan in a whole new light. I really enjoyed this story, seeing Hook go through a series of unfortunate events that leads him to become the villainous man that we know from the stories.
I do wish that the story veered off more from the Disney fairy tale more and that there was more of a twist than just sitting within the story we know so well. I love learning more about Hook but I felt like I wanted a different ending for him and also more about Tiger Lily as well. There was enough of a story flesh out but it still was just too Disney towards the end for my liking. I wanted a bit more from Hook at the end.
A great retelling if not everything I wanted from the book. Definitely check this one out if you’re a fan of Peter Pan!