Book Review: Neverland by Margot McGovern 

Published by Penguin Random House in 2018

317 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis: 

Kit Learmonth would rather die than grow up and leave Neverland …

When she was twelve, Kit Learmonth watched her parents drown in a storm as their boat sailed over the Tranter Sink Hole. Now seventeen, Kit doesn’t remember the incident, and she doesn’t want to. In fact, her only clear memories from before her parents’ death are of the fantastical stories of pirates and mermaids that she and her dad invented about the small island where she grew up, a place she calls Neverland.

Following Kit’s parents’ deaths, her uncle and guardian, Doc, transformed the island into a boarding school for mentally ill teenagers and sent Kit away to school on the mainland. But when Kit tries and fails to end her life, Doc brings her home to the island and places her in the care of his colleague, Dr Hannah Ward.

Resisting her treatment, Kit instead pulls her friends deeper into her world of make-believe. It’s only when Kit and her new boyfriend, Rohan, take the fantasy too far and land themselves in very real danger that her faith in Neverland is shaken, and Kit must find a way back to reality.

My review: 

Trigger warnings for self harm.

Easily one of the most powerful and moving reads I’ve read in a while, I loved how Margot McGovern weaved Greek mythology and Peter Pan lore together in this story, and crafted some exceptionally memorable characters! Every step of the way, my heart was with Kit, I felt so sad for her throughout, and I really hoped she would be okay, I just felt like I was part of her unique story, my heart ached for her as we learnt her history, but as I read more, I found myself asking questions about everything, and I loved every minute, I felt like I could feel Kit’s emotions, which evoked chills on my part, and let’s just say my emotions ran high during this, what an amazing and exhilarating journey!

Happy reading 📚

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