ARC Review: Second Star
By Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Copy provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an honest review
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.
Second Star is a VERY different spin of the classic Peter Pan. I say very different because it has very few similarities to the Actual Peter Pan story. So if you are looking for a Young Adult retelling of Peter Pan that has tons of similarities, this book is not it.
Wendy Darling is a 17 year old high-school graduate who is on the search for her missing twin brothers who are surfers. Because surfing is so dangerous and the twins were big risk takers when it came to being on the water, a lot of people including Wendy's parents have given up hope on finding the boys. Wendy's search brings her to this Surfers cove which is basically impossible to find if your not already familiar with it. Wendy happened to Follow Pete whom she met earlier in this book and followed him to the cove. She discovers the people who live at this cove are all younger kids who LOVE surfing. We have an insta-attraction between Wendy and Pete, but there is a twist when her search also leads her towards Pete's Enemy Jas who Pete claims is this big time Drug Dealer.
Second Star moves a little too slow for me, then at times it picked up and when it did, it all seemed rushed. But then it would slow down and drag again. I really like the concept of this book and I really like the Authors writing style, I'm just not a fan of the execution of it all.
Wendy's parents REALLY pissed me off. I can't explain how upset I
While I didn't like the execution I still somewhat enjoyed this book. Would I recommend it to you as a Peter Pan Retelling, No. Would I recommend it as a cute and quick kind of beach read? Most definitely. I liked that it was able to use some things from the classic tale, but still had its own story and twists.