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Lost in the Never Woods (English Edition) Kindle电子书
When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can't remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road...
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Praise for Aiden Thomas and Cemetery Boys:
“This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic.” —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift
“Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self." — C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick
- ASIN : B07P9LPH85
- 出版社 : Swoon Reads (2021年3月23日)
- 出版日期 : 2021年3月23日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 5747 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 378页
- > ISBN : 125031397X
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It’s been five years since Wendy and her brothers went missing in the woods and children are starting to disappear again. When she comes across Peter, a boy who she thought lived only in her stories, she realizes there's more to the disappearances than everyone expects.
This story was dark and very emotional. Wendy has spent the past five years with no memory of her disappearance or of what happened to her brothers. She was living a life filled with grief, depression, and anxiety. Peter crashing into her life changed everything. She slowly starts to regain pieces of her memory of Neverland. They team up to find the missing children and hopefully uncover the truth about her brother's wearabouts. Wendy was definitely a hurt and traumatized character who we see grieve and heal as she learns the truth. She is mistrustful of Peter at first but he slowly gains her trust, especially after she starts remembering Neverland.
Being in the human world, and with Wendy, has changed Peter. He isn’t the fearless little boy anymore. He feels insecurity and fear for the first time. I loved how protective he was of Wendy. It was very sweet. I really enjoyed seeing him change and grow up. The connection between these two is so strong and emotional it just captivates you and makes you want to keep reading.
While this book had a slow start, it quickly captivated me and I didn’t want to put it down. Aiden Thomas created a fascinating and dark retelling out of one of the most happy and carefree children's stories out there. This book was all about finding the truths and using them to heal and grieve. It reminds you to look for the joy in painful moments, in love during loss, and in hope during hard times. It's all about learning to live again. I just loved this unique retelling with all its darkness, pain, and hopefulness.
- Familial loss, grief, and trauma
- anxiety and anxiety attacks
- alcoholism (parents)
- night terrors and insomnia
Being a therapist, I can’t help but notice when psychological issues are incorporated in books but so many times, they’re done poorly or without true understanding of the subject at hand. I’m so thrilled to report that is not the case here. The issues of grief, trauma and recovery utilized here are done so beautifully with utter respect, making it an absolute treat to read.
One argument I’ve read is that people felt the middle of this book dragged on too long but I don’t agree in the slightest. If anything, the middle is the most vital piece as it creates such a solid relationship with the two leads that the ending hits with a poignant punch.
Not only do I recommend this book but I think it’s a wonderful tool for those suffering as they pursue their trauma recovery. It may be difficult to read at times but I think it’s vitally important. Massive kudos to the author. They wrote a beautifully impactful story.
There were so many things I loved about this book. The beginning hooked me instantly with the mystery of the missing kids and questions about Wendy's past. It was tense and well-written with hints about what was going on dropped slowly throughout the first quarter of the book (and the rest of it too). And I'm going to be honest, the ending wrecked me. I should have seen it coming because, in hindsight, the author did a great job dropping clues, but I didn't expect the book to go where it did. Overall, the first quarter and last quarter of the book told a moving story that I enjoyed reading very much.
The problems happened mainly in the middle. It dragged a lot, and the characters did so many things that didn't really seem useful to the story. For example, Wendy and Peter spent too much time eating ice cream and splashing around under waterfalls. The focus on these frivolous dates after the tense tone of the beginning of the book really undermined the supposed time-sensitive nature of finding the kids that was set up earlier in the story. These scenes just felt really out of place. I found myself asking as I read...Why are you doing this when more and more kids are going missing and there is only a little time left to find them?!
I liked the characters in this book, especially Peter. The author did a great job of making him full of joyful youth while also feeling incredibly timeless. Although, I felt like he got the short end of the stick with how the book ended. My thoughts on Wendy are a bit more complicated. She was kind of a wet blanket throughout the book and reading her repetitive, constant worrying throughout the middle of the book while she did nothing about the ongoing situation was frustrating and boring at times. After reflecting on her character and her growth during the story, I realized that the repetitive worry that I found frustrating was actually a pretty accurate portrayal of living with anxiety. Upon this realization, my attitude about the character changed, and I have come to appreciate how good the author depicted Wendy's struggle with both anxiety and the grief from losing her brothers.
The themes in this book are poignant and dark. This is not a Peter Pan story I would tell a child. I loved its portrayal of dealing with grief, and I found the way the author handled the changes in family dynamic after the loss of a child to be especially moving. The use of the shadow as a metaphor for the darkness that can consume you if you constantly live in fear of loss was also well done. Overall, the book tackled some pretty heavy material and executed it well.
All in all, Lost in the Never Woods is a dark, interesting Peter Pan re-telling that is plagued by pacing problems and a middle that drags it down. The portrayal of grief and anxiety and the effects of losing a child are well-done, and the story provides a great lesson in how fear of loss can be paralyzing and destructive. I think this would have been a five star read for me if the book was shorter and the pacing in the middle had been better. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.