Published by Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Retelling, Young Adult
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.
I received an eARC from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I came across this book on Netgalley, I just knew I had to read it. I mean, a YA fiction with a main character named Wendy Darling? I was sold! Of course I had to request the book and then wait…and wait….and wait some more. So when I got the email that I had been granted access, I immediately jumped at the chance to start reading it.
Second Star, of course, is nothing like what one remembers the Disney classic, Peter Pan, to be. I was completely captivated by the story, the characters, and the unique reimagining done by the author, Alyssa B. Sheinmel.
While being placed in modern day California living, you are still taken off into what feels like some far off fairytale land that isn’t exactly Neverland, but some place different and magical in it’s own dark way. This book took me on a journey I wasn’t expecting. The ending completely caught me off guard and left me wondering if there will be a second book. I mean, come on?!?! I need more answers. I need to know what happens next!
This review is very difficult to type because I don’t want to give anything away. I want other readers to enjoy the surf and sail as much as I did, even if they feel just as caught off guard by the ending as I was.
I truly enjoyed this reimagining of one of my favorite childhood classics, even if it took me on a darker journey than I was expecting. The darker aspects and the unique twists in the story are what made me enjoy it that much more.
I will say, don’t pick up this book thinking about the Wendy Darling from your childhood who didn’t want to grow up and leave the nursery. Imagine the Wendy Darling telling this particular story and take a chance on that second star in the sky.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.