Title: Second Star
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A contemporary spin on the classic tale Peter Pan, Second Star had me completely riveted--an amazing retelling and a new favorite beach read! Wonderful!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Wendy Darling hasn't been the same since the disappearance of her beloved brothers, John and Michael. Still reeling from their disappearance and determined to find them--knowing that they are still out there, somewhere--after graduation, she sets out to find them, and bring them home. But soon she gets mixed up with two very different young men: Pete, the gorgeous surfer who lives in a nearby cove with his fellow misfits, and Jas, the drug dealer on the other side of the cove, capable of horrible things but trying to find his way back to normal. Wendy discovers that by trying to find her brothers, she just might find someone else as well.. Herself.
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the prose--it really felt like it was a contemporary, grown up Wendy telling the story of her fateful summer
-The poignant, moody setting of beachy Southern California, painted with grace and poise--I really felt like I was there with Wendy, breathing in the salty sea air
-Wendy herself, the little girl lost, trying to find her beloved brothers, as well as her own identity, and stuck between two very different boys
-Pete and his misfits--Pete especially, so much like his inspiration, but different and more grown-up as well, almost jaded
-Jas, the boy who is trying to find his way back to a normal path, stuck in a situation that he didn't really want in the first place--my heart ached for him
What could've been better:
-I wish there could've been more background about John and Michael, and why they ended up where they did
-The ending--I really felt like it was unfair to Wendy and the reader, and I would've wanted a happier one
Overall, I really, really enjoyed Second Star--a wonderful retelling that all Peter Pan fans should read! Next on deck: Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I by Anne Clinard Barnhill!