Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

Other than the odd movie here and there, and perhaps reading the abridged version of the original, my experience with Peter Pan is largely based on retellings. However, I had yet to read a dark retelling, and this novel perfectly fit the bill. Two things to remember when going into this novel: growing up is not the same as growing older, and whatever expectations you have of Peter Pan or any of the characters, excise them from your mind. This is not your grandmother’s fairy tale.

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Writers and Lovers by Lily King

I saw Writers and Lovers on Goodreads first, but it was Anne Bogel, host of the fantastic (and TBR list filling) podcast What Should I Read Next, that convinced me to actually sit down and read this book. Why did it take so long from the time I put it on my Goodreads TBR list to when I actually picked it up? It came out almost two years ago, and I had my eye on it from the beginning. But it was the way Anne talked about the story that made me finally sit down and read it.

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