Sunday, March 11, 2018

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook, by Christina Henry (author), Samuel Roukin (narrator)

Recorded Books, July 2017

We all know the delightful story of Peter Pan, and we all know of his arch-enemy, the evil pirate Captain Hook.

This is Hook's story, and his version is a little different than Peter's.

He was the very first Lost Boy Peter brought to the magical island, his first friend, and he promised Jamie, as Hook was called them, life forever young, with no rules, endless play.

As Peter brought in more Lost Boys, though, things started to change. It took a very long time before Jamie started to recognize those changes, and what they meant.

Jamie/Hook is no saint, but this isn't the black-hearted villain Peter describes, either. And he has some very real grievances.

Jamie becomes the one who takes care of the younger boys, while Peter pursues his own version of fun with whoever can keep up.

Peter is jealous of the increasing attachment of the other boys to Jamie that results from that.

And Jamie finds that, after more than a hundred seasons on the island, changes are happening to him, and they include him now being taller than Peter, not shorter. Along with the physical changes, his ideas about what's wrong with how Peter treats himself and the other boys are becoming stronger and clearer.

This is a really interesting portrait of a boy with no adult guidance at all trying to grow up. It's very absorbing and satisfying.


I bought this audiobook.