I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Macmillan on 2014-05-13
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 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.
If I remember correctly, Second Star was a Read Now option on Netgalley. I’ve gotten burned on a lot of these, so I make sure to read the description before downloading now, and a Peter Pan retelling? It sounded really interesting to me, so I jumped at the chance to read it. Of course, by the time I started it, I was in a reading slump, so I was nervous, but I actually really liked it!
I made the mistake of reading some reviews while I was reading Second Star, and they weren’t hugely favorable, but I enjoyed it. There was a lot of truth to them: the actual story of Second Star was not exactly what I expected when reading the description. It definitely was a lot more contemporary than any kind of fairy tale, but I found it really interesting. I really loved Pete and Jas, though I expected Jas to be more of a bad boy than he was.
Most of Second Star went by fairly uneventfully, but I liked seeing Wendy and Pete’s relationship progress, so it didn’t really bother me. There were a lot of twists and turns and things I didn’t see coming, though, throughout the second half, and I really enjoyed them. Early on, I thought that I had the whole book figured out. I was able to predict one of the smaller things, but none of the rest.
As the ending was approaching, I was kind of confused and had no idea what to expect. I loved the actual ending, though it left me wanting more. I tweeted at Alyssa B. Sheinmel, begging her to tell me that there was going to be a sequel, but no reply. I know she saw it because she favorited it, but she didn’t reply! I definitely need more to this story!
Overall, I really did enjoy reading Second Star, and I would recommend it. Just be aware that it is very much a contemporary novel with a loose base on the story of Peter Pan, rather than a magical retelling, and I think you’ll enjoy it!