ARC Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

second starSecond Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Series: N/A
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 13th 2014
Genre: Retellings, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 248
Source: NetGalley ARC


My Rating: 3.5 stars

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It 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.

A (loosely based) retelling of the Classic, Peter Pan following 17 year old Wendy who has just graduated high school. A few months ago her two brothers, John & Michael never came home. They loved to go surfing and were obsessed with it. Wendy wants to find them because she is convinced they are still alive. She meets Pete who loves surfing as well and is immediately drawn to him. She also meets Pete’s ememy, Jas. She is drawn to both boys and doesn’t know which one. Will she find her brothers? Will she decide who she wants?

my thoughts 2

Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy this book. I devoured it pretty quickly (even though it took 3 days, but technically 2 but not even that). I think my feelings for this book are highly affected for my rating… The ending was a lot to take in. I don’t even know how to functionally describe my feelings for the ending right now. I can’t…

This was such a great and short book to start my summer with! I loved how the author used Peter Pan but changed it to a contemporary summer read! I went into the book not expecting too much from the actual Peter Pan tale, so maybe that helped. If your wanting to read this, I suggest going into it not completely surrounded by Peter Pan.

Towards 75% of the book it started to confuse me. I didn’t know what was happening, but I guess that was how it was planned. But I kept thinking, is this real? What’s going on? I don’t want to give too much away though.

I did not however like Wendy’s best friend, Fiona. I felt in the beginning of the book that she was more worried about her boyfriend and being with him than being with her best friend who is trying to find her lost brothers. I don’t know, that just doesn’t seem like a great friend to me. Towards the end she started to warm up (just a little) but even at the end of the book, I still don’t really like her character.

If I had to pick between Pete (who is supposed to be Peter Pan by the way) or Jas- I would pick Jas. I have my reasons why I pick Jas and if you pick this book up (or have already read it) you probably know why I’m saying that. I did like Pete in the beginning, but Jas was a lot more supportive to Wendy and was willing to help her find her brothers.

I still can’t handle that ending….

favorite quotes

“Since John and Michael shared a birthday cake every year, John said, he and Michael could make their wishes together on the first star we saw, but I had to make my wish on the second star.” — Alyssa B. Sheinmel, Second Star


“Fire is so beautiful. Really, it travels in waves, just like the ocean.” — Alyssa B. Sheinmel, Second Star


“They broke my parents’ hearts, too. I lived in a glass house full of shattered hearts and I hadn’t even fallen in love yet.” — Alyssa B. Sheinmel, Second Star



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