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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Kit Learmonth would rather die than grow up and leave Neverland …

When she was twelve, Kit Learmonth watched her parents drown in a storm as their boat sailed over the Tranter Sink Hole. Now seventeen, Kit doesn’t remember the incident, and she doesn’t want to. In fact, her only clear memories from before her parents’ death are of the fantastical stories of pirates and merm
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2018 by Penguin Random House Australia
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Rating: 4.5 stars
I won't go into much detail now as I will be doing a full spoiler-free review (video) closer to publication.

Whew, this sure was an adventure! I really enjoyed following Kit on her journey, as well as a lot of the supporting characters. It was brutal, honest and raw, it doesn't shy away from some really tough subjects and I really appreciated that about the book. I think that the characters and their mental illnesses were treated with a lot of respect, and for the most part, thes
Ryan Buckby
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
trigger warning: suicide, abuse, self-harm, depression

Margot McGoverns debut novel 'Neverland' is something i have never read before its so different and so unique, i don't think i've ever read something like this book before.

Plot: This story centres around Kit a teenage girl dealing with the tragic death of both her parents, she now lives on the island 'Neverland' and attends a school for teenagers who are dealing with mental health issues. I loved the story that Margot has created it's so
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Trigger warning for:
- suicide
- self harm
- depression

This was a good story following a teenager who suffers from mental illness. I enjoyed the inclusion of fantasy elements.

I did think some parts of the book were unnecessary and could have been cut out.
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Found bloodied and lifeless after attempting to take her own life, Katherine Eloise Learmonth is returning to her childhood home of Neverland, a secluded private island now housing a wellness hospital for adolescents. Seven years ago in a tragic sailing accident, Kit's parents perished, Kit the only survivor found on board the small vessel bound for the mainland. Neverland is an island and former residence of the Learmonth family, Kit growing up playing upon the shore and dreaming of the mytholo ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books

4/5 stars

”Just a woman who couldn’t bare to be in the world and a man who couldn’t endure it without her.”

Excuse me while I try and slow my heart beat down.
Excuse me while I try and keep the tears away.
Excuse my while I collect my thoughts.

Forewarning: This book tackles topics like self-harm and mental illness

This is just such a cute and lovely read, not to mention intriguing!
You’re easily transported into this magical world called Neverland, full of mythical creatures like merm
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TW for abuse, suicide & self harm
Unlike anything I’ve ever read. Equal parts gripping, raw and painful but it ultimately left me with a feeling of hopefulness. Margot’s writing is exceptional, I need more please.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by Penguin Teen Australia. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Trigger warning for both self-harm and suicide. If you struggle with these topics, please take care of yourself and proceed with caution.

Okay, this book hit me harder than I expected.
As someone who has a past with self-harm and has attempted suicide in the past, this brought back a lot of past memories.

I'm so thankful that even though that I had a past like that, I'm abl
Obviously, I am biased - given that I am Margot's literary agent. But I am also someone who has read NEVERLAND about X10 times now, and I am still finding new narrative gems that surprise, delight and have me falling more and more in love with this book ...

However - I thought it might be nice to share my earlier thoughts on the story. Here is a sample of what I originally wrote to Margot, when I offered to represent her & Kit, as well as a sample of my excited email to Jacinta, announcing t
Oh damn. Many tears have been shed. Coherent thoughts not yet formed. Sleep calls. RTC.
Tilly Booth
I didn’t rate this book because if I did it would be low...however I think it’s unfair rating because my taste in books has changed and although I felt obliged to read this book for a book club, I just didn’t enjoy it. I did like the plot and certain parts of this book but it’s not for me. Wether that’s because I didn’t enjoy the actual book or because it’s not a genre (or whatever) I like, I can’t tell so for now, this is unrated!
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
I loved this YA contemporary about finding yourself, overcoming (or perhaps working through is a better phrase) grief and trauma. Neverland was not the book I expected from the title and the cover - a YA urban fantasy perhaps? A Peter Pan retelling with a twist?

Though there were some parallels and themes of holding on to childhood, to fantasies and fairytales this is framed as coping mechanisms to avoid facing the realities of loss and trauma. So I don't think this book falls neatly into the ca
This is a tough read, with Kit's mental health at the core of the narrative.

Oh my heart. What a beautiful debut. The language, the setting, the everything. More please!!
Sep 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
You had me at BOARDING SCHOOL.
Rikki Hill
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully imaginative and engaging story combining some reasonably common YA fiction themes (mental health, family relationships, young love...) with incredible mythological allusion, intertextuality and literary references. So clever and compelling, for adults and YA fans alike, as well as for literature lovers. A great read (and by an Adelaidean too!)
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, difficult story. I was totally swept up (then interrupted by starting a new job) but it’s been a joy and a heart break to return to Kit’s perilous adventures in Neverland. Vivid, raw characters. Devastating truths cloaked in monstrous apparitions. Poetry in every artfully turned phrase. Gorgeous.
Brooklyn Tayla
Trigger warnings for self harm.
Easily one of the most powerful and moving reads I've read in a while, I loved how Margot McGovern weaved Greek mythology and Peter Pan lore together in this story, and crafted some exceptionally memorable characters! Every step of the way, my heart was with Kit, I felt so sad for her throughout, and I really hoped she would be okay, I just felt like I was part of her unique story, my heart ached for her as we learnt her history, but as I read more, I found myself
Kerran Olson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, dymocks-ya-club
I thought this novel would blur the lines between reality and fantasy a lot more than it did, but I really enjoyed the way mental illness was explored through 'Neverland' and the people there. The way Kit used Neverland as sort of a safety blanket, and a way to protect herself from her childhood worked really well. I liked most of the supporting characters, especially Doc (though I imagined him a lot older than he was supposed to be). I had some minor issues with certain characters and the way s ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of NEVERLAND for review.

There's still a couple weeks until this book is released, but I wanted to read it before the Adelaide Penguin Teen Showcase which is just over a week away (EEEK!). I'll have a full review on my blog when it is released, but I just want to say that this is both a heartbreaking and heartwarming story about a girl who feels lost in her own world. Margot's writing style is beautiful and captivating, and the Peter Pan reference
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Margot McGovern's debut novel 'Neverland' was amazing (albeit extremely raw and emotional). At the book launch, Margot was signing the book saying "Happy Reading" - can I just say that this should have been "Have an emotional read with scenes of happiness but lots of raw scenes that include self harm". I really loved Margot's writing style and was able to read the book quickly, like Kit, not wanting to leave Neverland either.
TW: suicide, self harm, drinking & drugs

I had trouble liking this book because I really couldn't give a crap about Kit. She's a dickhead, and maybe she's supposed to be like that, but it made me actively want her to die. And the worst thing is, she doesn't even grow up as a character. All she does is constantly enable her mentally ill friends into doing things that are detrimental to their health.

This was overall a mediocre book, but I feel morally compelled to take a star off my rating beca
L-J Lacey
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received Margot McGovern's manuscript in the post the day before Margot was due to visit the shop. Being the responsible passionate bookseller that I am, I thought I should at least familiarise myself with her story. Let's just say that I didn't get much done in the next 20 hours. When Margot walked in I was at a crucial point, but I had to put it down to chat. Of course I picked it up as soon as Margot left, and promptly finished it.

"Neverland" starts with Kit being been bought back to her ho
Laura Altmann (laurabookish)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings for Neverland: self harm, suicide, eating disorders, emotional manipulation, and more. The book is largely set at a psychiatric treatment centre and this may be distressing for some readers.

Kit Learmonth has spent half her life daydreaming. In reality, she’s a troubled teen with a violent past and a history of self harm. In her fantasies, she is a Peter Pan like heroine, living amongst pirates and mermaids, seeking adventure and never growing old. Neverland begs the question: ca
Breanne (bookswithbre)
Trigger warnings; self harm, suicide, abuse
Potential spoilers

Neverland is unlike anything that I have read before. Dark and twisted, Margot McGovern weaves Kit's tale with her beautiful and haunting writing that leaves the reader feeling as though they are truly a part of Kit's life. I felt very connected to Kit, when she felt pain, I felt it too. I became so invested in her character and I desperately wanted the best for her. Kit is a very flawed, raw and quite simply, real protagonist and she
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well now. It's been a long time since I finished a book and thought "I haven't read ANYTHING like that before!" Neverland is a literary quilt made up of whimsical, mostly beautiful patchwork pieces.

It's the story of Kit, who grew up on an island that she calls Neverland with her author father and glamorous, artistic mother. When we first meet Kit she is 17, orphaned and has been sent home from boarding school after slitting her wrists. Somewhat ironically, her uncle has turned Neverland into a
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautiful piece of work and oh boy am I blown away.

It is definitely a roller coaster of emotions and not for the faint hearted or those who will be triggered by mentions of suicide, self harm and mental illness.

Margot has created an utterly vibrant world with a brilliant cast of characters. I adored Kit and would follow her story anywhere and hope that one day we could possibly have a follow up to where they all are.

Nothing is left in the dark or the shadows when dealing with m
evelyn hugo’s #1 fan
Jan 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
A mentally ill version of Peter Pan??? This neurodivergent is ready to be fucked up in all the best possible ways. I have been craving good mental illness rep in retellings for YEARS ugh I'm excited.

If this lets me down I'm actually gonna sob oh my gay god

I heard the author talk about this a little last night at the Penguin Teen Showcase (which is where I watched Love, Simon and OH MY GOD YALL ARE NOT READY FOR THE UTTER AMAZINGNESS) but I missed out on most of the author talk because I fainted
Liana Skrzypczak
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was perfect. Margot is a genius in the way she wove a coming-of-age-story about friendship, passion, first love, self-love and the malleable definition of family into the troupes of Peter Pan, Greek mythology and other popular YA fantasy stories.

The protagonist was sassy, intelligent and I loved her dry humour. The complex themes were handled sensitively. I laughed. I cried. Could not recommend more.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Neverland is a dark, haunting, gritty and consuming YA read. Kit is seventeen and troubled after witnessing her parents drown at twelve. After attempting to take her own life she finds herself back on her home island, Neverland, but in the capacity of a patient at her uncle's school for troubled teenagers. There she reunited with her friends, meets a mysterious new boy and attempts to find herself and fight her feelings of betrayal from her uncle. Can she make it through and find herself whole o ...more
Danielle {halfdesertedstreets}
I burned through this raw and lyrical story of truth and fantasy, brokenness and love. Margot is a genius.
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Margot McGovern is an Adelaide-based writer who holds a Ph.D. from Flinders University. She has reviewed for several Australian literary journals and blogs at
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