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Girl Lost

(Neverland Lost #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn't know about my parents death or the island no one heard of. But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my bes ...more
Published May 1st 2014 by A&A Literary (first published April 29th 2014)
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♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
"It was a long time ago. I don't know if you remember. You were young, and he was young, and he never forgot you. It's that simple—he couldn't forget you. I tried to make him forget. But you changed him."


For a book that, ha ha, never takes place in Neverland this was one beautiful Peter Pan-inspired story. For while it has its cliche moments and the typical NA-tropes (aka much cursing and a little too much innuendo/sexy times for my taste), I was absolutely blown away. It seems like such an
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-wishlist-na
Fairy-tale re-imaginings with an edge of smexy – YES PLEASE.

Novella length story told from the perspective of Gwendolyn, the grown-up version of Wendy affectionately know by Peter as Gwendy :) While the story is very short there is a lot of both characterization and action packed into the narrative.

Trauma and tragedy lead Gwen to Peter (or should I say Peter to Gwen) and ultimately to Neverland. However, Gwen’s deep sense of family responsibility/duty made her leave. Labelled with PTSD, classifi
Avid Reader
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
“It was never real. The island doesn’t exist. I’ve repeated those words for two years”

Gwendolyn Bairre was sent away to a mental institution for several years after she was missing for several weeks. Her parents were killed by pirates and she was left adrift. When she comes home speaking of an island and the boy who saved her, her remaining family is convinced she is suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. After years of therapy and finally just giving in and telling them what they wa
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A spellbindingly magical fairytale re-telling with an original ‘twist’!

As magnetically enchanting as the gorgeous cover this enchanting tale is one that transports you into a darkly delicious world of wondrous delights. As a lover of fantasy, I was struck instantly by how this refreshing spin on the classic ‘Peter Pan’ story is of “New Adult” genre (rather than the popular YA). Highly imaginative, mysterious and romantic this contemporary adapted spin is an addictive read, which left me eager t
Paula M
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc

"There are a few thing you should know about me, to start. I am Gwendolyn, the eldest daughter of Piers Barrie. I am a college freshman, and an heiress. And, I am quite mad."

A Peter Pan retelling with a dark twist. Sign me up! And I’m sorry, but look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? When I first read the blurb of Girl Lost and and found out that it has something to do with Peter Pan, I just know that I have to read it. I just know. See, I have a thing with Peter. He’s my childhood crush. I
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was very well written and I enjoyed the story so much. I was always a princess girl growing up and Peter Pan was a story I knew and had read but never really connected to as a child. Girl Lost made me want to find Peter Pan. This book is brimming with emotion and the mysterious element of Peter and who he is coupled with Gwen’s past and determination to be healthy and focused. I never took a step back and thought about what it would have been like after the “Wendy” character went back ...more
Here's a big 4.5 stars and a raging cry of 'WHAT THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THAT ENDING???'

OK, so after just finishing this book I can tell you that I just had a minor heart attack. I flailed around for a few minutes. Flapped my hands in desperation, squealed a little tiny bit and raged at the cat who was undoubtedly NOT impressed at being woken up from his cat nap just because I couldn't handle my feels for a book.

Because hello, cliffhanger. I'd like you to meet my fist.

Girl Lost is a sp
Girl Lost (Neverland Lost, #1) is exactly what I have always wanted when it comes to Neverland. (Note: I am including Forever Found--the novella follow-up--in this review, since I think that it reads more like the concluding chapters to Girl Lost).

This is a grown-up, New Adult retelling of Peter Pan that explores what might have happened, well...AFTER Neverland. What becomes of poor Wendy after she leaves the magical isle behind, once she is thrown back into a world of nonbelievers? What happen
Cocktails and Books
This was such an interesting take on the tale of Peter Pan. The author took the fun loving story about the boy who wouldn't grow up and put a dark spin on it. If you ever wondered what happened to Wendy (or Gwendy in this case) after she left Peter's island, this is definitely a book to pick up.

Gwen Barre was trying to put her life back into some semblance of "normal" after spending several years under psychiatric care. The heir to the Barre company and fortune has all eyes on her to see if she
Jess (the cozy reader)
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
Big thanks to Nazarea and Kelly for an ARC copy for review.

I absolutely love the story of Peter Pan and ever since I could remember it has always fascinated me. In this novel Nazarea put an unique new twist on the old tale, but it was still mysterious and charming. What would happen if Peter Pan grew up? And not only remembered his "Wendy" but came back for her as well.

"I am Gwendolyn, the eldest daughter of Pier Barrie. I am a college freshman, and an heiress. And I am quite mad". ~ Gwen

Our mai
Tina Lee Harris
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I absolutely love this author. I was not disappointed in her latest book. It was a refreshing story that makes you want to imagine the impossible yet your mind tells you that it is not possible.

Gwendolyn having not been in a good place in her life for the past years thinks that Northern will be just what she needs to start fresh. She wants to just be known as Gwen. Not all the things from her past that she can not forget about. As she starts her new life at college, she sees HIM, he is not r
Holly Baker
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is your next read. Or it should be anyway. Nazarea Andrews has taken a much loved classic and made it her own, in this modern day retelling of the boy who never grew up.

Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan and Wendy, and when I heard that this author was going to be basing a book on it, I was full of intrigue. And do you know what?

I loved it even more than I thought I would.

I could not put this book down! At. All. My Kindle was permanently attached to my hand from beginning to
Misty Baker
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
**As Posted on KindleObsessed Blog**

Peter Pan is a pretty big deal in my house. (Well, his nemesis Hook more specifically, but that’s a story for another day.) After Pan’s appearance on the TV show “Once Upon a Time” my children started to ask questions.

“Who are the lost boys?” “Where did they come from?” “Why do they do everything Pan says? Even when it’s mean?”

And so on and so on.

I tried to explain (Really, I did!) but decided it would all make much more sense if they just listened to the stor
Tricia  Santos
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review**

The story of Peter Pan has to be one of my classical favorites. So, when I found out that Nazarea was doing a retelling of it, I begged for an ARC. It was well worth the begging. I love, love, loved this new twist on my favorite tale. It’s a story of Wendy and Peter grown up, and in college. And Nazarea does a fantastic job of spinning their tale—leaving the readers desperately trying to figure out what’s going on and pining for more.

Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Kelly of InkSlinger PR and Nazarea for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I immediately signed up for this tour because PETER PAN RETELLING. Retellings have always been a hit or miss with me but this would be the first time I'll read one of Peter Pan. Guys, Peter Pan. Can you feel my giddiness? I don't know about you but Pan has always been a childhood fairytale crush because when you're a kid, who doesn't want to
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I’m not quite sure where to start with this review. This retelling of the classic Peter Pan story had a lot going for it. It was updated and modern with the (now older)characters trying to find their way in the real world and an edgy feel to it with mystery and plot twists that left you wondering what would happen next. It was new yet it still felt familiar. The writing was good and the storytelling unique. However, for me, there were a few things that left me cold.

Gwendolyn, “Gwendy”, lost her
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

This is the first book I’ve read that is a retelling of Peter Pan, which happens to be one of my favorite classic children’s tale that I constantly read as a child.

Girl Lost is nothing like the original Peter Pan though, Nazarea Andrews gives us a edgy twist to the tale. Instead of having a sweet Wendy girl in the story, we have Gwen who is suffering with hallucinations (at least that is what her family calls her condition) and dealing with trying to forget
Itara ~*My Midnight Fantasies*~

"I've watched you. Not in a creeper sense-he grins when my eyes widen- "but in a 'there's Gwen, and I can't think of anything else' sense."- Peter

"Leave me alone Peter!"- Gwen
"I can't leave you alone. I've tried."- Peter

"He doesn't deserve you." "And he's a douche who isn't good enough for you." - Peter
"Says my very oen stalker."-Gwen

"For you, Gwendy, there's very little I wouldn't do."- Peter

He kisses with raw passion. There is something desperate about the way he holds me t
Lori Palle
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
“I’m a college freshman, and an heiress. And, I am quite mad.”—Gwen

Gwen’s a little crazy—or so they tell her. She made up a magical island when she was younger as a coping mechanism to deal with her parents’s deaths. And the boy who made her feel safe? He’s just a figment of her imagination—one that happens to be there when she needs him. Now she’s better, and she can start college like any other normal (well, kinda crazy) person. But then a grown-up version of the boy walks into class. Except h
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

Before I start this review, I have to admit something – it's been a LONG TIME since I watched Peter Pan, so I'm sure some of the nuances of the book were lost on me. There are several Peter Pan retellings out there currently and I failed miserably with the first (Tiger Lily) because I couldn't remember enough about the original story. That wasn't a problem with Girl Lost at all. This book could easily stand on its own. I bought the movie and pl
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2014
Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review.

Did you ever want to know what happens when the characters of Peter Pan grow up? Well here's your chance, Girl Lost is it! It has amazing characters, a great story, and a little bit of fantasy, mixed with crazy to make this an amazing read!

We meet Gwendolyn (aka Gwendy, Pixie, Gwen, etc.) as she embarks on her first year at Northern University. According to her aunt, brother and psychiatrist she's basically crazy because of the "Boy" she
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel is a contemporary re-telling of Peter Pan.
I was intrigued by the bio, mesmerised by the gorgeous cover, captivated by the teasers and excerpts... I was desperate to get my grubby little mitts on this book because I thought it sounded awesome despite the fact that Peter Pan is quite possibly my least favourite fairy tale.

So was it awesome you ask?

Nope. It's really good and I really enjoyed it but it didn't hit the awesome mark for me.

I thought that the book is really cleverly written,
Roxanne Kade
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has to have been my most highly anticipated read of the year, thus far. A re-telling of Peter Pan! How freaking exciting is that!!?? I was so eager to see how Andrews would incorporate the magic and fantasy of J.M. Barrie's classic into a Contemporary Romance, and each time I took part in a reveal or saw a new teaser for Girl Lost, I was captivated, wanting and needing more.

Gwen’s story was interesting, dark and quite harrowing, but I loved how the idea of the Boy and the island were d
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is a modern retelling of the story of Peter Pan with a few adjustments.

Gwendolyn was on a yacht with her parents when they were murdered and she’s been adrift on the ocean for three weeks, all alone, until she was rescued.

She was only twelve years old.

When she got back she kept talking about a Boy and an island that no one knew anything about and how she spent those three weeks there, this getting her into a special facility for people with mental illnesses.

Seven years later she’s finally o
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

I'm always a bit sceptical of modern reworks/retellings because unless they're done really well they can almost spoil the original. In Girl Lost Nazarea Andrews takes on the task of retelling Peter Pan by giving it a modern YA/NA twist.

Girl Lost is definitely more edgy than the original and the characters have been 'aged up'. The main character is 19-year-old Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Barrie. Gwen has spent the last few years in a mental institution trying to recover from the horrific circumstances surr
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gwen Barrie has been in a mental institute for years since she met a boy who took her to an island to that doesn't exist. That's what everyone tells her. While out sailing with her parents, they become victims and are killed by pirates leaving Gwen stuck out in the ocean for several weeks. Of course, everyone thinks she created this boy and island as a coping mechanism to deal with what occurred to her parents. So why does he show up and sit next to her in Lit class at Northern and calls himself ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
'It was never real. The island doesn't exist. I've repeated those words for two years.' Gwendolyn Barrie has spent the last several years trying to convince herself that she never spent time on a faraway island with the Boy. That the happiest time in her life never happened. That everyone else is right, and that the death of her parents sent her spiraling into a world that she only imagined. But then Gwen meets Peter, and she isn't so sure anymore what's real and what isn't.

I really enjoyed this
Red Cheeks Reads
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gwendolyn Barrie is the heiress to Barrie Enterprises. One tragic childhood event, a possible stay on an unknown island, and an admission to an insane asylum has dealt this poor girl an awful hand. She is given one chance to prove herself to her family and Gwen has such a fight about her. She will not stand to have others doubt her even when she doubts herself.Gwen is driven to not be labeled as a crazy and one day proving herself worthy to run her father’s company. Now not every female lead can ...more
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
Blog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm

This book was fascinating. Andrews has taken a beloved classic and put a fresh and unique spin on it. Peter Pan has always been one of my favourite fairy-tales and so I was excited to see where Andrews would take the story. And I really liked it. I could not put this book down.
The book is full of mystery and you are left constantly asking yourself if what Gwen experienced on the island actually happened. Very little is revealed throughout the book which made me a
Paula  Phillips
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite things to read about is renditions of famous tales and other books and Girl Lost is an edgy twist on the tale of Peter Pan. In Girl Lost we meet seventeen year old Gwen Barrie who is heir to the Barrie fortune company. When she was younger Gwen and her parents were on a ship when it was over-run by pirates and they were killed and Gwen found herself stranded and lost on an island where she met "The Boy" and stayed on the island with him till she was later found. When she arri ...more
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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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