Published by Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
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 haven’t read a book that I could finish in one day in a long time. Lately, I haven’t found an interest in reading and there were many books I had to drop because it wasn’t interesting to me. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel is a different story.
I don’t think I have had a dull moment with Second Star. Not even a bit slow or any doubts about picking this book up. Apparently, this book was a retelling of Peter Pan, which I did not know about until I’ve finished it and looked through GoodReads.
Wendy is a girl who tries to find the truth. No matter what it takes, Wendy will try it. In Second Star, Wendy’s twin brothers disappeared trying to ride the big waves. As an older sister, Wendy cannot accept that her brothers were caught in big waves and passed away. She was determined that her brothers are still out there and so she tries to find them.
Throughout the whole novel, I didn’t think Wendy was “using” for so long until she was dropped off at home by Jas. I thought the first time she used was at Jas’s party, but that wasn’t the case as her mother said she has been using for some time. After several situations, her parents admitted her to get help. During that time, I was amazed how she dreamt up a world of her own; of Kensington “Kensie,” and people like Pete, Belle, and Jas. It was so real what she went through in trying to find her brothers and the people she met along the way. I never thought it was all in her head until the doctor told her that it was a fictional world and characters she came up with. I was hoping that wasn’t the case because it seems like she was really happy and alive when she was at Kensington. It seems that that place was able to let her live, but maybe it was all for the best that it wasn’t real.
Through everything she went through, she finally accepted the truth that her brothers are gone and won’t be coming back no matter how far she was trying to look.
I really enjoyed this novel and what Wendy had to go through just to realize the truth. I mean, not everyone can be perfectly fine and everyone has a different way to cope. Using is not a good way, but at least she doesn’t use anymore and came to realize the truth. I was really hoping that there was a Kensington and that Pete, Belle, and Jas was part of her life. I’m still hoping that there would be a spin-off or a sequel or something that explains more about them. But in the end, it surprises me that someone left her a photo. A photo of Jas and Pete together when they were younger. I wonder how that happened and if it was really her mind playing with her. But either way, she’s received the help she needed.
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel is a must read! Truly adventurous. A journey to finding the truth and the love that her brothers has shared.