Review: Second Star

Apr •  13 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Second StarSecond Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published by Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 13, 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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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 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 first seeing the cover of the book, then reading the title, and finally finding out that three of the characters are named Wendy, John, and Michael, the first thought that came to mind is Peter Pan. I remember watching the cartoon movie and wanting to read that book when I was little and all I could think about was how excited I was to hear it become modernized like so many other fairy tales. However, after reading the book, even though there were some small references to the world of Peter Pan, this book came with a different story that made it exciting on its own.

The book for me was not a book I was jumping off my bed to read but it was a book that kept me hooked on till the very end. I always wanted to see where Wendy would go, who Wendy would run into, and if she would ever find her brothers that went missing after they went surfing one day. The book was one where there was a cute romance following the idea of finding the people who will be forever in your heart.

Wendy is a character I feel that most people who have lost someone, can relate too. I feel that all she wants to find is her brothers since finding out that they died. I feel that throughout the novel she does things that show her willingness to not give up. Now when we talk about Pete and Jas, I feel that they are people that we are familiar with in our everyday life. Pete, I feel like, is the perfect guy that girls would like to date but he of course is currently with someone. However, he does have some hidden secrets that soon get spilled. With Jas on the other side, he is what one can call the bad boy but is the person everyone wants.

The romance is different in the book. I feel that even though Pete is the right person and his kindness is something people look for, he would not be the person I would hope Wendy ends up with. Jas, although is the bad boy in the story, is I feel the one who knows what true love is and would be the perfect match for Wendy.

Overall this book was an exciting read. I was expecting the ending because I am excited to see if there is a second book that follows. This is an exciting contemporary read that will keep you wishing on that second star.

I give it 4 bites!




1 Comment

  1. Great review! I haven’t started this yet but plan to in the next couple of weeks. I kept thinking this was going to be a retelling of Peter Pan too but am glad to hear it’s its own story. Even though it wasn’t a “omg I have to keep reading book” your review does make me excited to read it.