By: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Released: May 13, 2014
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher 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" (Summary from goodreads.com)
I was so excited when I first heard about this book because I love Peter Pan. Second Star was a really enjoyable and interesting spin on the classic story.
Second Star is the story of Wendy who is searching for her two brothers who went missing while surfing. While on her search she comes across a group of runaways lead by Pete. She also comes across a drug dealer and Pete's nemesis, Jas. Wendy was an interesting protagonist. I admired how she wouldn't give up on her search for her brothers. However she made some decisions that drove me a bit crazy at times. There were so many great side characters and I especially loved Pete and Jas. I actually wanted more Pete and Jas because both were really interesting characters.
The plot was interesting and kept me captivated from the beginning. I picked up this book with completely different expectations in mind and even though this book was the opposite of that, I really enjoyed it. I loved the setting on the beach and definitely think this book makes a good summer read. It also made me want to get out on a surfboard. The last half of the book did become somewhat predictable, but that didn't make me enjoy this book any less.
Overall I really enjoyed Second Star. It was an interesting take on Peter Pan and I definitely recommend adding this book to your summer reading pile.