Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux on May 13th, 2014
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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 his 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 J. M. Barrie’s classic tale, 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 publisher, through NetGalley, for review purposes.
Second Star held me completely enraptured until the halfway mark, where it ventured in a direction I not only didn’t understand, but didn’t appreciate. While the ending was successful in restoring some of my initial adoration, it also left me with more questions than answers. So while I devoured Second Star in one sitting and I want nothing more than to sing its praises, I have to hold back because of its one, glaring shortcoming.
Wendy Darling reminded me a lot of, well, Wendy Darling. Bright-eyed and optimistic, she was determined to prove that everyone else was wrong about her missing brothers, and that they were merely that – missing. Fearless, especially when others weren’t paying attention, and inquisitive, Wendy knew the best way to figure out the truth behind her brothers’ disappearances was to immerse herself in the life they were living before they went missing. I loved her devotion to her brothers, and how she stuck to her convictions despite the protests of her friends and family, and how she berated herself for getting sidetracked by the charismatic Pete. [Read more…]