Title: Second Star
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Retellings
Published On: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Source: Netgalley- Received in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4 Stars
"A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them."
When I found out Second Star was a retelling of Peter Pan, I was so excited! Of all the Disney movies, Peter Pan was among my top favorites. I expected SO much from this book, maybe a bit unrealistically. However, I was not disappointed.
Second Star may be a retelling of Peter Pan, but it’s unique and different from what you would probably expect. Wendy, the protagonist, has just graduated high school, but instead of being happy with her accomplishment and her shiny future, she’s still reeling from the loss of her younger brothers, who went missing at the beginning of the school year.
Instead of a magical land, she ends up on a beach with Pete, Jas, Belle, and a few lost boys. I felt like the surfing aspect of the story was important and fun to read about, despite not actually knowing anything about surfing myself.
“The ocean stretches out beyond us, endless and beautiful. I have never, not in a plane, not in a glass house set upon a hill, not driving on mountains to get to beach after beach, felt this close to the sky, this far from earth.
Second Star gave me so many feels and emotions, especially with Pete and Jas, but I wasn’t always happy with Wendy’s decisions and actions. Sometimes, they seemed a bit crazy and stupid, yet she did it anyway.
The ending was a bit of a letdown for me, in all honesty. It was great closure and I understand why it ended the way it did, but I was upset that things didn’t… recover the way I thought they would. There’s a lot I wished was different, but overall, I enjoyed this book.
All in all, this was a great book, a bit slow in the beginning with some awkward dialogue, but it picked up right away and I was sucked into this story of adventure, romance, and loss! Second Star would make a great beach read, but I’d say you could enjoy it wherever you are.