Second Star - Alyssa B. Sheinmel | ARC Review

Pages: 248 ebook
Publication date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
How I got the copy: Netgalley
Rating:  5/5
Series: N/A


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 will admit, I've had this sitting on my NetGalley shelf for way too long and you can tell from the release date. However, I really really enjoyed this and I would have loved to read this sooner!

I love the story of Peter Pan, it was one my favourite fairy tale stories when I was younger. Even though Second Star didn't exactly follow the original fairy tale, I still really loved it. I saw the similarities and it loosely follows the original work but I still loved it.

Can I keep saying the same thing in different ways? Haha. Okay.

I enjoy contemporaries, romance and Peter Pan and I think if you enjoy these things too, you will also really enjoy this book. 

It follows Wendy griving from her missing brothers, one day they go out following the next waves and never come back. They're pronounced dead once they find their surfboard pieces in the water but Wendy can't seem to believe it. So, she sets out to look for them along the coast and along the way meet a group of kids living by the water in an abandoned house. Wendy can't seem to leave or forget about the place after she meets the leader of these homeless kids, Pete, where she quickly finds  crush on.

Second Star also covers drug abuse, particularly one called fairy dust, which I thought was clever.  

I enjoyed the writing style and I had no problem with any of the characters and I guess if you end up not loving this going off of my recommendation, at least it a pretty cover! But, I really hope you enjoy because after a couple of weeks reading this, I still kept thinking about the story. 

I loved this story. Therefore, I want you to read it.


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