RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2014
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 best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me.
He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into. He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense.
When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. It’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable.
Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close. And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares. As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.
“There are a few things 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.”
What a start to the story! What a beautiful book cover!
Let me just say that I’m a Peter Pan fan. In fact my family has been pretty immersed in the whole Peter Pan thing as my hubs and daughter just did the musical version in the spring. We’ve watched and read SO MANY versions of this story lately that I wasn’t sure I was going to be surprised with this story. Boy was I wrong! This definitely is not a version I’ve heard before. Gwendolyn IS a GIRL LOST…lost in her head, lost in her family, lost in life. She’s in school and in “recovery” mode but is she? Gwen has “seen” The Boy her whole life but was he real or just her imagination. When she’s at school and sees a real boy that looks like The Boy, she’s drawn to him. I enjoyed this story but expected more. I wasn’t quite sure about trusting Peter. I kept waiting for something more sinister to happen so the story kept me on high alert. This was a fun read but based on the ending I wonder if the author has more to say…maybe??
GIRL LOST wasn’t a retelling of an old story. It felt a bit like an epilogue to the original…with a fun, crazy twist.
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.
Nazarea Andrews is agented, and all inquiries about rights should be directed to Michelle Johsnon of Inklings Literary.