Wendy Darling is not the perfect girl her parents would like her to be. Intrepid, outspoken, and willful, she's always getting into trouble. One evening, confined to the nursery by her horrible nanny, she sneaks out to spy on one of her parents' glamorous parties.
Their world is lavish, rich with excess -- and off l ...more
It is suppose to be Wendy's Pre-Peter Pan world. It doesn't paint a very pretty one. This novel seems bent on portraying every worse case scenario that could happen to children in Victorian England. It is filled with petty, shallow, and immoral characters. Wendy is continually hurt and betrayed by the adults in her life. From this ...more
It was entirely realistic with not a touch of fantasy. After spending so many pages observing this perceptive little girl's agony, caused by her precocious ability to empathize with adult problems like adultery and financial ruin, the author provides us only an overly simplistic resolution that no one older than fourteen could believe really helps anything ...more
To gain power, Wendy becomes a spy and in so doing learns something she doesn't want to know--her father is having an affai ...more
By Karen Wallace
Wendy Darling is a simple girl who doesn't ask for much, just that she wants some love and care from her family. She wants to get away from the supervision of the unreasonable nanny who's been working for the Darling's family since Wendy and her two younger brothers, John and Michael, were born. Every day, the three kids would be supervised by their nanny and they aren't allowed to do anything besides doing what they're told to do by the ...more
I was really excited to read this one, and in the end I just found it plain disappointing.
First, it's marketed as a prequel; it's not, really. More of an alternative, "If Wendy made up the whole thing, including Peter, in her head, and based it on somebody else, what would have led her to do this?" sorta thing.
(Or maybe it's actually not; that was a huge part of my problem with this book. It felt like it was trying to have it both ways. The slow brother was the inspiration for Peter Pan, b ...more
I was curious to see the author's take on Wendy's life before Peter Pan. I didn't like it. I was interested at first, but the further on the book went, the more dissatisfied I became. By the end, I didn't appreciate the way the story had gone and I decided that I'm fine with the Peter Pan story I knew before. This didn't make it any more magical or meaningful. It just complicated things a bit more, and actually made some of the characters quite unlikable. I hated how Mr. Darling was a cheating,...more
Wendy Darling and her brothers are not having a fantastic time. They have a horrible Nanny who is abusive, their parents do not get along, and their "friends" treat them like crap. The end wraps up neatly with resolutions that are unrealistic.
For a book that was clearly written for a much younger audience (large font and do...more
Wendy Darling's hardships centered around her misunderstanding and misinterpretations of her father's affairs is intriguing, and makes Wendy's character hard not to like. Wendy is struggling to grasp a situation she has lived ou ...more
Despite all of that I kept reading and I quite enjoyed it. It gave me some insight into the characters I had come to love in Peter Pan. This book was about her and the many trails she went through made me feel various emotions along with her. Though the ending was on a hopeful note,I still felt quite..hollow after reading it. It was a good book al ...more
This story is about Wendy Darling, before Peter Pan and Never Never Land.
Wendy is a young tween who is becoming aware of the socioeconomic position her family is in. This story deals with growth, first love, and the loss of innocence.
The ending alludes to her meeting Peter.
If you are expecting magic and childhood innocence, this is not it. Still a good book.
It is not an easy book this, nor a likable one, but something about Wallace's prose does a ...more
For starters, on the cover of the book (at least the one I have) it says an unforgettable story inspire by the world of Peter Pan. If that means only the names of the characters, then I guess they hit the nail right on the head. This book had nothing to do with Peter Pan. Nothing. And at the last sentence of the book. Literally the last sentence, they try to redeem the whole story by saying and I quote " Then they flew to a place that glittered with the col ...more