Book Review: Pan by Gina L. Maxwell

While I adore Gina L. Maxwell, I did wonder how she would set a fantastical story like that of Peter Pan in a contemporary setting without all the abracadabra elements in it. Shame on me, coz Gina L. Maxwell has managed to do it exceedingly well.

Before reading this book, I had no idea how much I wanted to read about Peter and Wendy and their love story. Kudos to the author for making me want something I didn’t even think I need.

Pan as is pretty obvious, tells us the story of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. It’s got some of my favorite tropes like childhood sweethearts, friends to lovers romance and a second chance romance.

I was rooting for Wendy and Peter since the book started. Ever since I read about Pan standing below Wendy’s window to listen to a story, I knew these two were meant to be.

The magic in the book doesn’t come from flying animals, snapping fingers, lightning bolts or any such thing. The magic in the story comes from the optimism that Peter and the Lost Boys hold on to, the magic comes from the close relationship shared by Pan, Tink and the Lost Boys, the magic happens when Peter Pan and Wendy Darling come together and find their happiness, their home and their ever after.

Having met the Lost Boys and the Pirates, I’ve am super-excited to read their stories. I can’t wait to see how this series unfurls.

Gina L. Maxwell has indeed created magic in Pan. The book had everything I want in a romance. A little bit of angst, lots of laughter, equal amounts of sexy times and all the feelings. If you are looking for a contemporary retelling of a fantasy book, Pan is the way to go.