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Peter Darling

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  8,383 ratings  ·  1,992 reviews
Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real an
ebook, 164 pages
Published February 15th 2017 by Less Than Three Press (first published February 9th 2017)
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Diana Yassss! Before this book, i wasn’t a big fan of the peter’s pan world, but i love Peter darling. Neverland, the characters,, the history i love all. I…moreYassss! Before this book, i wasn’t a big fan of the peter’s pan world, but i love Peter darling. Neverland, the characters,, the history i love all. If you are a fan of Disney, Peter pan or the retellings you should read this book(less)

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✨    jami   ✨

you know what you need in your life? A Peter Pan retelling where Peter is trans, comes back to Neverland as an adult and realises he's in love with captain hook. TRUST ME YOU NEED IT

“I won't hurt myself, I'm the spirit of youth and joy, remember?"
"You're a grown man and a nuisance."
"I'm your nuisance,”

So I love Peter Pan and Peter Pan retellings and this one was just so cute and sweet. I honestly wish it was longer. It has the ideal romance tropes

This was so much FUN. Everything I want a retelling to be. It was true to the original in many ways, and yet different enough to fully stand on its own.

In this installment, Peter is trans. At home in the real world, he is Wendy, surrounded by a family who doesn't understand him. It's no wonder then, when facing the prospect of growing up in a female body and being forced into marriage, that he instead flees to Neverland.

The beginning of this book is...well, I didn't like
K.J. Charles
Feb 09, 2017 added it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, trans
Exceptionally good. A dead cert for my Best of 2017 list, and it's only February.

A thoroughly intelligent, ingenious take on Peter Pan, with a premise that shifts from delightful to funny to profoundly moving. It deals with real and deep issues but never loses hope or joy; it's a very thought-provoking work about growing up and fantasy and loss and identity, and also *at the same time* a terrific romp with an absolutely charming love story and a perfect ending. It is also impeccably written and
Jun 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
Me: I don't know, I've never been a Peter Pan fan as I grew up. Maybe I won't enjo...

Friend: It's LGBT.

Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know I needed this until I read the synopsis.
Peter and Hook? Together? Has a couple? 😱😫 not even in my wildest imagination, I would have pictured that and I’m all for it!

This book is so CUTE.

“You are extraordinarily dramatic," James said, "and no one should ever have given you power over the weather.” - favorite quote 😂. This is ME.

Every character is adorable and lovable.
And the story is so good, different and unique.
Absolutely adore it.
prag ♻
This was clever, fast paced and intense - and I couldn't look away for a moment. I was hooked.

Part of the reason I was attracted to this story was the drop-dead gorgeous cover - but I soon came to realise that the content is more beautiful than any cover can ever be. It's as perfect as Neverland can be.

I'll get it out of the way first - I know nothing about Peter Pan (except for this song, which I love even more after this book), but that didn't hamper my experience at all. There was something s
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*3.5/5 stars

There is a lot to love here. This book offers a new look at Neverland. While there are a lot of familiar aspects that make it feel true to the original setting, Austin Chant also weaves in a lot of darker elements that help make the story feel older and more mature. All the magic of Neverland is there, but it also is allowed to feel like a place where there is more to fear than just pirates.

The strongest element of this book was Peter as a character. I never thought I would see a tr
shady boots
Seriously, I can't stress enough how DYNAMITE this book's premise is. I mean, Peter Pan being a trans man who was formerly Wendy, and not only that but the love interest being Captain freaking Hook? That's fucking GOLD, man. It's one of those premises where you can't help but be like "Shit, I WISH I came up with that." I bet when he was pitching it, the author was like:

Does the actual book live up to that premise? Sure, it was a very enjoyable and sweet little story. I liked the darker take on N
Update 30/3/19: Rin and I are reading this again more than two years later and I'm emo because I loved this book so much and also it was our first BR ever and we've been friends ever since and maybe I'm crying ANYWAY I LOVE PAN/HOOK WITH ALL MY HEART

Anyway I finished it now and it was somehow even better than the first time, I would like to thank Austin Chant for my life

BR on a whim with rin, without whom I'd have never survived ♡ who am I kidding we're both ded

I was sent this book as
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

Clever is the best descriptor of this lovely little book. In the simplest terms, it's the story of a boy realizing he's no longer a boy.

I think at one point or another everyone has had those moments in life wherein they'd like to be a kid again because adulting is a grind. The notion of escaping to a fantasyland where anything is possible - even flight! - where you're king of the kingdom and free to do whatever you please without those pesky responsibilities is an enticing one. Hell, I'd
Elle (ellexamines)
3 stars. So this was definitely GOOD, it just has a few flaws that bothered me.

Peter Darling has the same problem for me as Every Heart A Doorway: it feels like the beginning and end of a five-star book. There's no middle; Peter's character arc goes from one place to another place in the blink of an eye. There's some development to the story and character arcs, but not nearly enough. Same with the romance. While it was absolutely sweet, these two did not get as much development as I'd hoped.

anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay trans mc, gay li

it made me cry, it made me happy, it made me soft, thanks
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, lgbtq-rep
Peter Pan and James Hook fall in love. Now that is a concept I never knew I needed in my life. But oh god, I so did.

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Let me start out by saying that I'm a sucker for good retellings, and this one was absolutely fantastic. I love the author's take on the original Peter Pan story (btw, is it bad that I enjoyed this more than J.M Barrie's Peter Pan? Because I never managed to finish that one).

Everything about this was very well thought out and just felt so real. The author did a very good job a
Didn't know how much I needed a trans!Peter/Hook retelling. This was amazing. Only complaint is I wish it was longer. I'm gonna go and cartwheel of a cliff. ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Me after reading this: I BELIEVE IN FAIRIES.

- I just... I've never felt SO happy for characters before. Like, SIGH I AM SO CONTENT AND HAPPY IN LIFE sort of happy. I'm so happy. *sobs*
- Perhaps one of the best retellings I've read -- not just of Peter Pan, but perhaps ever. Respects and retains the core elements of the original telling but gives it a fresh perspective and spin.
- Amazing character development, beautifully explored and written. The characters were so developed.
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars


“To die would be an awfully big—“
“Don’t start that again… surely you could have come up with something new to say after ten years.”

For such a short little story, this still packs a punch. It’s both a Peter Pan retelling (in that there’s changes to the initial story) and a sequel, in the way it revolves around Peter's return to Neverland, ten years after leaving.

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review, thank you to the author and Less Than Three Press
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, ya-na
*4.5 stars*

Austin Chant. Remember the name. Judging from Peter Darling, he is meant for great, great things.

I took a gamble picking up this book. I hate fantasy, and I don't read Paranormal in general. I was also a pretty cynical kid that hated fairy tales. Except one: Peter Pan! That was my escapism.

Peter Darling is the brilliant retelling of Peter Pan. The author did an amazing job re-adapting the original story and using the classic characters of Peter Pan and Captain Hook to tell an entirely
Shira Glassman
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fair warning: Peter Pan and the idea of Captain Hook as a love interest are important enough to me that this review has turned into a post on a recipe blog–in other words, there’s going to be a preamble. If this is too much for you, skip to the words “imagine, therefore, my delight.” (Now imagine Hook saying these words. OK, bye.)

Some years ago, fantasy erotica writer Tof Eklund and I discussed the thematic differences between the original J.M. Barrie Peter Pan and multiple movie versions. The n
so sweet! so soft! so magical! peter darling is a super fantastical and rollicking adventure!

and after the decidedly non-magical lost in the never woods, i am so pleased by all the magic here. pirate treasure, fierce fairies, mysterious merfolk, seas brimming with crocodiles, forests brimming with woodland creatures! i love.

and also i love that peter pan makes perfect sense as a trans allegory, with peter as a classic androgynously boyish character.

all the slowburn UST and angst are very well do
Jul 31, 2021 rated it did not like it
here we go.
this is a story about peter pan coming back to never land as a grown trans man. sounds fun right? but there were so many terrible choices.
so peter pan is aged up, so that he can have explicit scenes with Hook. ok a hook x pan romance is not inherently bad. EXCEPT that when hook was an ADULT he knew peter as a CHILD. and when peter came back grown all of a sudden hook was attracted to him… and kept making comments on peters “youth” and reminiscing on peter as a child.. like that’s we
Elizabeth Sagan
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Sad. Beautiful. Happy.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is not the Peter Pan of my childhood...

I have to admit I'm not sure quite what I was expecting when I went into this but after sniffing and poking at the book I finally decided I just needed to put on my big girl pants and find out.

So what I was expecting...well, I'm still not sure. What I got was a retelling of a childhood story that to be quite honest was never really a favorite of mine. As a child I just never connected with Peter...I don't really know could be as simple as
As soon as I saw that Peter Darling followed a transgender Peter Pan, 10 years after the story we all know, with a possible Pan/Hook romance, I was sold.
And oh my goodness ... it went beyond expectations.
Austin Chant's stories ae whimisical.

I must say, at first I was a little confused as to who did what in this version of the story "ten years ago" but I realised that we're supposed to be confused. You find out as you go along, who Peter is and what he has been going through, trying to escape, tr
4.75 stars

When a grown up Peter Pan returns to Neverland he finds that nothing is quite the same ...

This was superb! As a new spin on Peter Pan, this was clever, emotional and romantic and had so many other layers to it. I don't want to go into spoiler territory by talking about the other layers, but I can say that the enemies to lovers romance had a nice slow burn to it, just the way I like it.

Hook gave a low chuckle. "Your obsession is flattering, Pan. And I share it."
"Is that

Still as absolutely wonderful upon reread - my favorite Peter Pan retelling!

edit; bumped it up to 5 because I can't stop thinking/talking about this book and it's gotten me on a wonderful/horrible Peter Pan obsession and yeah.



tbh I REALLY wish I could give this a 5/5stars just to drive in how much ya'll should read it, and who knows? I might bump it up eventually, but it did have enough problems for me not to go with the full 5.

This short littl
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
we BRd this with Silvia again and huh i thought i remembered how precious and gay it was but turns out it's even better and way gayer

im so emo pls hold me

this is the only peter pan retelling that matters I don't make the rules


spontaneous BR with Silvia, i hope you're alive ♥

why is it so hard to review a book if you liked the hell out of it

i've read plenty of Peter Pan retellings and this one is hands down one of the best. if i wasn't BRing it, i would probably combust because of f e e l s a
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, queer, favorites
Austin Chant's Peter Darling is a bold, imaginative and deeply moving retelling/expansion of the well-known story of Peter Pan.

It'd be extremely hard to say something about the book's plot without giving away the narrative twist that is at its core, so I'll try to avoid too many details here.

I've always found Peter Pan's tale to be a rather sombre one - its popularity as a children's story, mainly thanks to its Disney adaptation, which is now so steeped in our imagination, eschews many disturb
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I buddy read this book with Lola and I’m happy that I picked this novel with her otherwise I’m certain that I would have sunk deep into the waters of confusion with no Lola to bring me back to the shore.

To cut to the chase, Peter Darling was an average read. The book was crafted in the heart of cliche (in the way the characters fell in love) but some cliches stand the text of time to be evergreen. So, we end up loving stories made of those cliches. Pair this up with an engaging prose and you’d
Vee S
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is not only an delightful read but a brilliant, deep take on gender, self-truth, and what it means to truly be vulnerable with someone. I loved it so much, in ways that I wasn't even expecting-- which is saying something, as I know and adore Austin and his work, and knew that I would love the book a lot. It spoke so deeply to me about the ways that we protect ourselves, wrap ourselves inside fantasies, and how those fantasies aren't always total lies but are also not the truth and how ...more
*long, quiet inhale*
listen, okay--

A thing (that some might say is a fine thing and some might say is a bad thing) that I have discovered about myself this year is that a book doesn't need to be technically perfect for me to give it five stars. The prose, character development, plot progression, and so on all need to be good, certainly, but they don't need to be executed flawlessly, with the virtuosity of Hemingway, Faulker, or even contemporary writers such as Donna Tartt or A
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S. A. Chant, a.k.a. Austin Chant, is a bitter millennial, a decent chef, and a queer, trans writer of romance and speculative fiction. They co-host the Hopeless Romantic, a podcast dedicated to exploring LGBTQIA+ love stories and the art of writing romance.

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