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- Print Length: 344 pages
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- Publisher: A&A Literary (April 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K14BRBQ
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Girl Lost is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. It provided me with a couple hours' entertainment. This book starts out sweet and innocent (more along the lines of a young adult or teen book) but then the more mature content (course language, violence, descriptive sex) starts ... this is definitely a new adult story! It's a twist on the tale of Peter Pan and Wendy, young adult style in a college setting with twisted characters. It's entertaining with sexy passages. The romance/love story aspect of it was nice. The flashbacks were cool!
I read it over the course of 3 days (it took me 6.5 hours) and was curious as to how the story was going to end. It took me a couple chapters (the 30% mark) before I got invested in the story. Remember, this is a retelling of Peter Pan: expect a certain amount of unrealism in a realistic world. Most of the characters' reactions are over the top but I chalked it up to the fact that Gwen has mental issues and, as for all the other characters, I assumed they were all from Never Never Land, making them all a little coo-coo in our contemporary world. Some characters could have been integrated into the classic story a bit more (I was certain one of the characters was Captain Hook and that he would end up being a villain of sorts... but he wasn't). I would have liked a little bit more to the ending. What happens to Gwen? What is her reaction and the consequences to her reaction? What happens to Peter? What happens to Belle? What happens to the company? The end is left to the reader's imagination.
This is a stand alone book.
My rating criteria:
Did I finish the book? Yes.
Did I read it in one sitting or had difficulty putting it down? No.
Will I be reading it again? Probably not.
Was I entertained? Yes.
Were there any unsurmountable issues that I couldn't get over? No.
Did I skip or skim over any sections? No.
Was I overcome with emotion? No.
Does it have romance? Yes.
General rating: 3 stars = it was an okay book!
Now, years later, Gwen hasn't seen "The Boy" in two years, and with medication and therapy she's going to give college a try. She chooses the same school as her very protective and one-year-younger brother, and things seem...okay.
The book definitely was a page-turner--it kept me interested. When was she going to figure out who the mysterious Peter and his slightly creepy frat brothers were?
And here's where it lost me a bit. It seemed at times as if of course she knew. How could she not? The truth was practically smacking her upside the head. True, she'd had people telling her for years that it was all in her head--there was no island, no Boy, no boys in the jungle--and had the medical (and medicinal) help to prove it. Still, though, it seemed over-the-top implausible that she'd still have absolutely no idea why this guy seemed so familiar after months of spending time with him--some of that time in very close contact.
Gwen was really the only character in the novel who felt fully fleshed out. Part of this is because of the first person narration, but not entirely. The secondary characters--even her brother and roommate, who had rather large roles in the story--felt a bit shadowy. Gwen had other love interests--one serious, one who really had another person in his sights--but they too felt pretty one-dimensional.
The ending too felt less than satisfactory. I was really curious about the "how"s involved in the story--how did the island exist where no one else could find it? How did Peter, Belle, and the boys come to be there? How long had they been there? How had Peter managed to keep track of Gwen for so long, and how did he get to where she needed him just when he was needed? How did they get to Gwen's college and manage to appear more or less like "normal" college students? There was obviously some degree of magic involved--how? Why? None of this was explained, and it left me feeling ultimately unfulfilled.
(Plus, my brain had a really hard time with the concept of Peter Pan giving and receiving oral. It just did not want to go there. But that could just be me...)
So--I liked it, but I didn't love it. It kept my interest, but left me with a lot of questions. Would I read more from this author? Yes, chances are good. If she wrote more about this world, would I read it? Definitely, in the hope that some of my curiosity would be satisfied.
If you find the idea of modern-day retelling of childhood stories interesting, give this one a try. It's definitely worth a look.
Rating: 3 stars / C
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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