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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  71 reviews
There is no place like a dysfunctional home.

Leaving everything behind for the Island was Ricky's dream come true. When his happily ever after is not quite what it seems, he discovers that running away means running toward bigger problems.

Trapped on the Island, Ricky must join together with the only people he can trust to help him face his fears and return home. But the onl
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by Simon Pulse
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Ricky wakes up out of a good dream--one about an Island, a lush green paradise--and is startled to hear a crunching sound outside his window. Trying to be brave, he opens the window to investigate, and in comes Peter: an about-16-year-old with an Australian accent who seems to know everything in Ricky's head. Peter offers to take Ricky to the Island he's been visiting in his dreams, and seeing nothing to lose, Ricky accepts. No sooner have they gotten to Peter's Island, though, when Ricky is clu ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
When Dan first contacted me about reviewing his book, I had to do a little research because I'd never heard of it. A re-telling of Peter Pan, you say? With penis jokes? Since apparently I'm a fourteen-year-old boy on the inside, I couldn't resist. Dan started writing this book when he was fourteen and got it published when he was 19. It's his debut.

First I want to say that it's an excellent and imaginative re-telling. It just totally bastardizes the whole fantasy of Peter Pan to something that's
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Never After by Dan Elconin = Harry Potter + Superbad + Twilight + POTC + Peter Pan + Wicked.

To be honest I’m not a huge reader, I read Never After mostly out of curiosity because I heard it’s “the next big thing” like Harry Potter or Twilight. Much to my surprise, Never After is now one of my all-time favorite books. Here is why (and how it’s like all the books/movies mentioned above):

- Never After is like Harry Potter in a lot of ways. One, it reads very fast and easily, you forget you’re re
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Elconin is a teenager and it shows in all of the good ways and none of the bad. His prose, character development, and plotting is right up there with the best adult authors, but he knows how to write teenagers better than anyone else. From Alex and Nigel’s hilarious banter to Ricky’s interest in the girls, Elconin portrays his characters with an authenticity that older authors are simply incapable of. Unlike in most teen lit that I’ve read, Elconin’s authenticity allows the reader to forget that ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
wow, really good book; it made me crack up several times which is definably not normal. Great characters, wonderful twists, original story line. The only reason i wouldn't recommend this book is because of all the swearing. Seriously. They wouldn't stop swearing. It was starting to get on my nerves. Other than that, amazing book.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Ricky has been dreaming about the Island for a few nights now, so when Peter appears in his room one night, he figures a short visit couldn't hurt. He's been thinking about running away anyway. When Ricky gets to the Island, he realizes Peter has no intention of letting him go back home. Chained up underground, Ricky has no hope of escape, until he's rescued by Alex, Hooke, and Nigel. Together with Oscar, a girl Ricky rescues, the group plans on capturing Peter with one goal in mind - getting of ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is about Ricky (the main character) meeting Peter Pan who takes him to "The island" and locks him in a cave inside a mountain. The smell of rotting flesh all around the cave. Soon after Ricky was locked up, another boy saves him and takes him to James "Hook". It turns out that Captain hook was just like the main character, he hadn't found any way off the island. Peter Pan only takes and locks up kids who have had a troubled life at home.
Alyssa Nelson
Never After is a retelling of Peter Pan. However, instead of a boy who lives in paradisaical Neverland taking care of his Lost Boys, flirting with mermaids and TigerLily, and valiantly fighting against Captain Hook, Elconin's Peter is a kidnapping con artist. Luring children of unhappy homes to the paradise of Neverland, Peter enters their dreams and makes them believe that all their worries will disappear once reach the island. Then, once they fly to this special place, Peter knocks them on the ...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
Oh my goodness was this book hilarious or what? The author, who's 19, did an excellent job with the book. The characters were well written and believable. The banter was crazy. It had me laughing out loud many times.

...Nigel grinned, "Hey Ricky, where's your shining armor?"
"Oh," I said, cocking a thumb over my shoulder, "I left it up top with my white horse."


Riley, the main guy was actually a pretty decent guy, when he wasn't being a young punk. I think I liked him because he kind o
I love anything and everything to do with Peter Pan! I've been trying to read more retold versions of it (so far I've only read the Peter and the Starcatchers series) and I really can't wait to read Tiger Lily, which was just recently released. But enough about that. I knew that this novel would certainly be different because the tale has been twisted, making Peter into a malevolent kidnapper and definitely not the innocent boy we've all grown up knowing about. That difference was enough to conv ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
Never After is an action-packed thrill ride. I honestly cannot remember the last novel that made me laugh so much. Never After, quite literally, made me laugh until I cried quite a few times.

There is so much here for readers to fall in love with. The plot twists, one of a kind characters, and oh, did I mention humor. Never After is not just about the Peter Pan tale. It is about friendships, families, and survival. When I began the novel, I was not completely sure what I was getting myself into.
Oct 29, 2009 added it
I first judged this book by its cover and I wasn't disappointed. The story turned out to be just as good as the enchanting cover. While the island at first appears enchanting, Ricky soon discovers the island is more of a threat than a paradise.

I thought the writing was wonderful even if it was vulgar at times. It portrayed a truth to how teenagers interact. Plus, it was laugh out loud funny. There were plenty of "that's what she said" jokes, but there were also more serious moments in the book
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
A very unique book for sure. I didn't realize that Never After was a twist of the classic Peter Pan tale until I got to the middle of this novel. It was definitely interesting to see how Dan Elconin twisted the original plot line to make it seem as if Peter was the villain and Hooke was the good guy.

Though the plot itself was entertaining, I found the writing to be fairly simplistic. I could definitely tell that the book was written if not by a college student then a high schooler for sure due t
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Generally with books, within the first few pages you get a feel of how a book will be. With Never After, my initial thoughts were, "Wow, this'll be good!" but it outlived every expectation I had for it and more! Never After was so enjoyable because it was such a twist on the classic Peter Pan and was filled with loads of humor!

Never After is a book to keep you flipping pages at an insane speed, needing to know what'll happen next. Every page is jam packed with action, humor, adventure, and a bi
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So apparently I am a teenage boy on the inside. Yup, I thought this book was amazing and hilarious!

I will grant anyone else who read this the fact that the writing is simplistic, it is. However what do you expect for a writer who was a teenager when he wrote this? I think it fits so well!

The characters are amazing! They are the type of people you wish you could hang out with, always jibing one another and telling "That's what she said" jokes until the other party cracks a smile. If you don't min
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 14-year-old boys
Fans of Peter Pan would be disappointed by Tinker Bell and Wendy's non-appearance in this more-male-centric-than-usual version of 'Peter Pan' and his Neverland but Elconin has replaced Wendy - the symbol of Peter's maternal fantasies - with the teenage boy's dream of a super-heroine, a Mariah nicknamed 'Oscar', with an acid tongue and a talent for swordfighting.

I learnt midway through the book that Elconin is/was still a teenager himself (19 or so) when he wrote this, and the conversations betwe
Nicholas Vela
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the Back Panel:

"There is no place like a dysfunctional home."

Leaving everything behind for the Island was Ricky's dream come true. When his happily ever after is not quite what it seems, he discovers that running away means running toward bigger problems.

Trapped on the Island, Ricky must join together with the only people he can trust to help him face his fears and return home. But the only way off the Island is to confront the person who trapped Ricky and his friends in the first place.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I didn’t think I would because I’m a huge Peter Pan fan and somebody told me that this book is WAY different than the book or the Disney cartoon, and it is way different but it works great. It’s like the Peter Pan everyone knows is a watered down kid’s story, and this is the true story. Every element of Peter Pan is here except turned on its head – I kept turning the pages just to see how Elconin would twist each part of the original story. The tone is dark and scary which is ...more
I read this book several years ago but it wasn't on Goodreads at the time, but now that I've stumbled across it I may as well review it.

This book was just OK. I was intrigued by the retelling of Peter Pan, but I think it was mostly a disappointment. I remember the plot line not having a lot of depth and neither did the characters. There were some new tweaks to the old story but they were largely unimaginative. There was a rape element that was introduced but superficially explored and never reso
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged-it
Oh my wow. Anybody want some twisted fairytale? I loved every single bit of Never After, and I am now demanding a sequel. Ricky's a great, relatable character, and the rest of the cast are just witty and outrageous enough to pack the book full of giggles I had to stifle in English class, wrapped in suspense and romance. Every detail was perfect; the crocodile, Cap, Alex and his utter annoying funniness, Nigel and his eating habits, Mariah and her death stare... Beautifully crafted. I loved this ...more
Billy Jenkinson
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book has some of my favorite characters in all of literature. Ricky, the main character, reminds me of Harry Potter—he’s not really extraordinary in any way, but he’s a strong, brave, sympathetic hero. Peter is evil in a chillingly realistic way—you love to hate him. Hooke (my fave!) is mental, and his craziness is alternately humorous and disturbing. Mariah is a potentially lethal mystery. Alex and Nigel are just hilarious—I wish they were real so I could hang out with them. Lily is sweet, ...more
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book. Mainly because the characters are all so realistic and cool. I can’t decide which character is my favorite because they’re all so badass in their own way: Ricky is a straight up BAMF, Peter is an evil badass, Hooke is a comically but also scarily crazy badass, Mariah is a mysterious badass, Alex and Nigel are freakin hilarious badasses, etc etc. You wouldn’t think a book about Peter Pan could be badass, but this book is really the opposite of Peter Pan. And accordingly it i ...more
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t want to read this because I hate Peter Pan and everything Disney and the title “Never After” makes me think of Cinderella or something but a couple of my good friends insisted I read it and I’m so glad I did. If I had to pick one word to describe Never After it would be (ironically since it’s about peter Pan) cool. Everything about it is cool. The banter between the teenage characters, the swordfights, the gross and seriously creepy horror scenes. Even the romance is cool, it’s realisti ...more
This book is overall a great and highly original re-telling of peter pan. The story is so imaginative giving a great feel for young adult readers who are interested in a classic with a twist.

I found out about this book from a blog as many of you may get your way finding books as well, well let me tell you...fate was on my side that day because this book has it all.

Full of action, humor, some ro...

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May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Honestly, i had two pages left in this book and could not finish it I just couldn't enjoy this at all, this book completely just drove me into a wall. I rarely have book slumps, but the past two books I dove into I have been completely disappointed and this book just dragged me down, I liked the idea, it just wasn't projected well and really didn't follow along a specific storyline what so ever. I was just so annoyed because it was just not well written and properly developed that I just couldn' ...more
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never read a book that makes it so easy to get lost in the story. Elconin makes this world seem so real that even if all the character were doing nothing but lying on the beach, you’d be entertained because you’d feel like you were lying on the beach too. But of course they don’t just lie on the beach: There’s action in this book to rival LOTR, wit to rival Superbad, romance to rival, uh, a really good romance, and twists that M Night Shamalan would envy.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There’s something so fun about seeing a lighthearted tale from your childhood retold with a sinister twist. That’s why they’re coming out with all these movies about the old comic book superheroes, and transformers, and g.i. joe. But unlike some of those movies, Never After doesn’t ride solely on its twisted-classic premise. It would be an excellent book even if it had nothing to do with Peter Pan.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Harry Potter was magic. That’s the only way I can describe it. Because if you asked me why I loved Harry and all his friends so much, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. The book just had some (magical?) quality that made the characters come alive and become not only our heroes but our close friends. Never After is the only book I’ve read apart from Harry Potter that has that quality. I don’t know how Elconin did it, but I think it’s by far the most important element of any novel.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Don’t read this book because the author is a teenager. Read it because it’s a great book. People told me, “You’ll be amazed the whole time you’re reading that this could be written by such a young author?” I wasn’t amazed the whole time because I was too immersed in the story. That’s why this is such a great novel: not because it’s written by such a young author, but because the story is so rich and engrossing that you completely forget this fact.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
High schoolers: Have you ever noticed how movies can be “cool” but books can’t be? This book changes that. You know that guy at your school who’s popular because he’s fun and funny and just badass? That must be what Dan Elconin was at his high school, because that’s what this book is: fun and funny and just badass. It’s the book high schoolers would write if they knew how to write (literally – Elconin wrote it while in high school!)
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