A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
This coming-of-age story revolves is inspired from the ever-enjoyable classic, Peter Pan, and around 17-year-old Daphne Werring. Daphne is quirky and is at a critical point in her life. Her world comes crumbling down, when she not only gets grounded for a month by her parents for car theft and sneaking out, but also gets dumped by her bou friend. To top it all, she is moved away from Atlanta, the place she has known all along, to Georgia, which, with its rural lands and woods, appears as bleak to Daphne as anything possibly could. When on tour at the Neverland Academy, an all-boys school, where her brothers get sent to, she comes across the headmaster, Byron Trappe, who doesn't seem to Daphne to be giving good vibes. She happens to meet the fascinating Finn by chance at the school library window and she discovers a lot more about the academy with the help of Finn and his pals, who are all academy outcasts. Ostracised by their parents and the academy, these boys live a secret life that proves intriguing and alluring to Daphne, who joins them in many adventures, uncovering many dark secrets of the academy. All goes well until Daphne realises she is falling for the elusive Finn. Does Daphne's love for Finn succeed, or does she suffer a heartbreak, is what the book ends with.
The plot is full of potential, and although the book pace slackens a bit, the plot hold's the reader's attention. The characters are well-etched. Daphne, with her inner conflicts and teenage struggles and Finn, the boy who prefers being a child as opposed to growing up, complement each other well. The expressions are typical of characters of that age, and there is nothing heavy or bombastic about the vocabulary, which is an advantage to the book.
My rating for this book: 4 stars