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Peter Darling

By: Austin Chant
Narrated by: Mark B. Knight
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Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook - and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.

©2017 Austin Chant (P)2017 Less Than Three Press, LLC
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*crying*

HELLO THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT PETER PAN AS A TRANS MAN AND AS A TRANS MAN MYSELF LET ME TELL YOU I AM *EMOTIONAL*
HAVE YOU EVER WANTED A FULLY SATISFYING ADULT RETELLING OF NEVERLAND
HAVE YOU WISHED IT WAS QUEERER
HAVE YOU WANTED COMPLETE VALIDATION OF GENDER IDENTITY REGARDLESS OF "MEDICAL TRANSITION"
THEN BUDDY, IS THIS THE BOOK FOR YOU!
This is the representation we deserve. Mild Content Warning: Discussion of familial transphobia, dysphoria

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This book right here

Everything about it, became my favorite book half way through and the ending did not disappoint.

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it was so beautiful, just so beautiful

I loved everything, it was so cool 😍😊😀😂😭😘😄😁 it was perfect, think you offer .

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All I knew about this book was it was a Peter Pan retelling

And Oh My God it’s so much more and so amazing. The narrator is perfect. The story telling is heart breaking/ warming. I couldn’t ask for more.

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An Enchanting Story

I read Peter Darling before listening to the audio book version as I often do with stories I want to revisit again. I found it just as enchanting as it was in print. Hearing my favorite passages voiced gave me the same goosebumps the second time around. My issue with audio books is, as I enjoy reading aloud, I have a set pacing and inflection for certain passages that the narrator doesn't always interpret as I would. This can draw me out of the story as I debate with myself about the correct delivery. However, not being an expert on London dialects or pirates, let alone fairies, I will defer to this narrator and all in all I enjoyed his performance.

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Peter Darling

Peter Darling is Peter Pan re-imagined. It chronicles the inner turmoil of Peter as he discovers the self that he's comfortable witbeing's. It's also an enemies to lovers type of story. There's action, adventure, twists and turns and a pretty solid romance. I didn't know what to expect going into this book but I was pleasantly surprised and can definitely recommend this book.

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Underwhelming

The premise was interesting, and I enjoyed the childhood memories the first few chapters inspire. That's about the only praise i have for this book. Boring and not completely thought out, the story doesn't even make a ton of sense. Can't say more without spoilers but I wouldn't waste your money/credits.

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A solid narrative but...Not for everyone

possible vague spoilers ahead...First off, I want to say that this did have what amounts to good trans masc rep - and GAY trans masc rep at that, which the world seriously lacks. It's a completely sensible reimagining of the character of Peter Pan and, as someone who absolutely projected onto Peter Pan as a kid, I was delighted by the premise.

That being said, I think this will really do it for a lot of trans folks, but it just didn't land with me in the end, despite that I'm a trans man. I think it boils down to the different experiences we have. I was initially excited to read this, but it left me aching and wanting in a lot of ways. Raw maybe. The biggest issue was the ending almost made me dissociate it triggered my dysphoria so bad. I've always felt like my dysphoria comes from a very fundamental, internal place, and physically transitioning and my body functioning a certain way was really important to me, even without a partner, and even with the presence of people who affirmed me before I transitioned. The protagonist's dysphoria seems to come more from other people perceiving him incorrectly. That's completely valid and I think this will make a lot of trans people feel validated, but it didn't resonate with me at all. If I ended up with the experience Peter has in the end of the book, I wouldn't have been able to keep living, even with an affirming partner. It would have been too painful. If your experience of being trans is like mine, this book might be a really hard read and it might feel less like the happy ending it's going for. I was just miserable reading the ending. It's no fault of the author...It just definitely is the opposite of what I needed to see in a narrative.

I think my other issue with the book and why it didn't hit home as hard is that I really resonated a LOT with Hook actually. I think it might be because I'm quite a bit older than the target audience, I relate to the character who's been through a lot and is in a position to try and get younger people to feel the affirmation they don't know how to give themselves, while still learning where I can grow from them.

I desperately wanted him to be trans masc too. I know that's not at all where the book was going, but I was still a tiny bit disappointed. There's a dynamic here that feels faintly like a trans man feeling valid because of a cis partner not taking issue with his body. And it's great for there to be relationships where a cis partner is affirming. But I do feel like it's an issue in our community where we only see each other as valid if a cis gay man approves of us, and it would have been nice to not skirt the edge of that. A t4t relationship could have pulled a dysphoria discussion into the open, or would not have necessarily had trappings of the same dynamic.

but I would say like....If you don't mind these things, just read it. Or buy it anyway just to support it. Regardless of the things I didn't like, I think it's good rep in many ways and publishers should be shown people will buy these stories so more can be made for all of us with our varied experiences.

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non binary trans Masc mlm

it was very cute and I felt very seen in Peter. I too wished I could fly away to neverland and be a boy.

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Thank you for this book.

I loved this book.
I cried, I understood things better, I recommended it immediately to everyone I care about. Brilliantly written. Important.
Thank you!

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  • Max Turner
  • 11-18-19

oh! my heart!

As a trans guy, I needed to build myself up to listening to this. I'd had it recommended by many trans friends, but I'm wary of things that hit too close to home or trigger my dysphoria (which this did in places as is unavoidable with trans themed fiction).

The premise is just astounding in both complexity and simplicity. Wendy being Peter is such a wonderful way to make transness relatable to people who have grown up with this story.

The love story in this, and the implication that the "real" people in Neverland were all there because they couldn't be who they really were back home (trans, gay etc), was perfect and heart wrenching. Everything about this story, including the bits that did hit me close to home and caused me pain, made it the most affecting story I've read/listened to in a very long time.

whilst I wasn't struck by the narrator's choice of voices for the characters or the weird pauses as he hadn't read ahead, the story outweighed this greatly.

I'd recommend this book to anyone in any format, and especially to cis people, who might be able to related to queer issues through this lens.

Need a cup of tea now to help my heart recover from the pain and love.

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  • Chloe
  • 06-10-19

A beautiful tale to transcend time.

I loved it. Every single chapter was incredible.

I felt that the use of language was fresh and the unique similies gave Neverland new life.

Austin Chant's tale of a trans character coming to terms with who they truly are is a sight to behold and is managed with the utmost respect and grace. Austin doesn't shy away from the hardships that they might have but handles the matter in a way that breathes hope into the underlying message of the story.

The side characters are managed very well, although I feel that Ernest and tinker bell could have been developed just a bit more.

Mark B. Knight does a magnificent job in narrating. In particular, Hooks voice is very believable and never fails to put a smile on my face.

I have re-listened to this story 5 times at the time I write this review and is a testament of how this book is a strong contender for my favourite book of 2019.

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  • Rowan
  • 10-23-18

A new favourite

Almost as soon as I finished listening to this book, I started it all over again. Chant has given his Peter and Hook such rich depth that this story stands unique over the great many Peter Pan retellings in the world. On a personal level books with such excellent LGBT representation are hard to come by and I was so thrilled to find that representation, written so naturally and so sensitively, here that I’ve been in the best mood I have been in months since finishing it. Do yourself a favour and download this book! 💚

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 10-21-22

Delightful

I personally am a huge fan of the original media and to have this version speak to the heart of Me when I didn't even realise that's what I wanted nearly brought a tear to my eye. This is a wonderfully written retelling although like many others, my only gripe would have been that this would be better if it was a touch longer. But the struggle Peter goes through and how he relates to his circumstances and his precious romance with James Hook...was everything.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 07-25-21

Interesting Story

The concept is interesting and well written. The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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  • Alex
  • 12-16-21

Charming and Delightful

I loved this take on the world of Neverland. The narrator gave each of the main characters a distinct voice and also a tenderness and vulnerability that really pulled me into the story. Gorgeous.

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  • Sarah D
  • 07-08-19

Absolutely wonderful story and narration

I couldn’t stop listening to this. The story itself was incredible, and the narrator’s mastery of various character voices and matching his tone to the scene made it a joy to listen to. Just amazing. I loved this.