Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry is a retelling of the story of Peter Pan with a unique twist with the premise that J.M. Barrie got it wrong. This book takes the view that all is not what it seems in Neverland. Most retellings of the story of Peter Pan don’t stray too far from the original. This one does, it turns the original story on its head. Lost Boy makes you question everything you thought you knew about Peter Pan and Captain Hook.
It makes you rethink who’s the villain of the story and who’s the hero.
This story isn’t told from Peter’s point of view or even Wendy’s or any of the Darling children’s. No, it’s told from the point of view of Captain Hook, who in this story is known as Jamie. In this tale he’s not the fearsome Captain Hook, he’s just a young boy and Peter’s friend. According to Christina Henry’s version, Jamie is the first lost boy that Peter bought to Neverland the one that started it all.
I enjoyed Lost Boy more than I thought I would. Going into it I didn’t think that would be the case due in part to the fact that most Peter Pan retellings just repeat the original story but with twist and turns. This one took the story in a whole new direction, one that I’ve wanted to read for years after seeing Hook as a child. Even as a child I just knew there was more to the story than what Barrie had revealed.
Every retelling that I’ve read in the last few years has fallen flat. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen was from Hook’s point of view but was still missing something vital. Never Never by Brianna Shrum, while a good and quick read, was still too much like the original story for me. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell was a retelling that becomes too much a fantasy for me, but if I had known it was a fantasy going into it I probably would have liked it better.
Lost Boy gave me everything that I was looking for in a retelling of my favorite childhood story from the viewpoint that I wanted. Unlike most kids’ intro to Peter Pan being the Disney movie mine was the actual book by J.M. Barrie. Even as a small child, Peter Pan scared me more than the Pirate Captain James Hook. To me, Hook’s not the villain of the story. He never was.
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Reviewed by Carissa, Main Library