Published by Macmillan on 2014-05-13
Genres: Classics, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ I’ve always loved the story of Peter Pan, and used to dream about being Wendy. So you’d better believe I was all kinds of excited to read this modern YA retelling!
~ Right away though, things are a bit off. Wendy is a recent high school grad (which makes me feel that if a little more sexy sex had been had then this would have made a good NA), and her twin brothers, Michael and John have been missing for 9 months. So, I guess it’s loosely based on Peter Pan.
~ If I were Wendy’s friend, I’d be a bit concerned by how handsy my boyfriend is being with Wendy. I felt like the author was trying to go somewhere with this, but no… nowhere.
~ The coolness factor is upped right away with the introduction of hot surfer boy, Pete. Also, some insta-love/attraction, but it is based on a fairy tale of sorts.
~ About 3 months ago, police reported the death of two unidentified surfers during a storm with massive waves. Only bits of the boards were recovered, and everyone buy Wendy assumes it was John and Michael.
~ Wendy is a type A kind of person, throwing herself into schoolwork when her brothers went missing, but all of a sudden she decides to go off grid and try to find her brothers.
~ Surfing lessons from hot guys is sexy. Which I guess makes it okay to make out a lot on their second meeting. Sometimes you just have carpe the hell out of diem.
~ Tinkerbell is just Belle in this book, a short blonde surfer girl who immediately gives Wendy the stink eye. She’s also Pete’s ex, although she presents herself a bit differently.
~ Pete, Belle and the boys are mostly runaways or foster kids, all living together in some cool abandoned homes on a cliff overlooking Kensington Beach. However, for some reason, their living arrangement reminds me a hell of a lot more like the Manson Family than the Lost Boys.
~ Capt. Hook is just Jas in this book, the local drug dealer (get it, because his drugs get you hooked?!). Also he’s totally hot.
~ To add to their Manson family charm- Pete and his crew steal food and things from rich people. Despite the fact that she’s supposed to be Wendy freaking Darling, Wendy, whom previously has been mentioned as type A and having been accepted in to Stanford, feels the need to tag along on the groups outing to steal and thieve. I just don’t get this. At all. Although, I am impressed with how Wendy saves the day.
~ So, Second Star is like Point Break meets Peter Pan- Wendy is Keanu Reeves, and Pete and Jas are kind of both Patrick Swayze. Please, don’t make me sad in the comments section about you’ve never seen Point Break because it came out before you were even born. Just don’t. Lie.
~ Belle does freak out over Pete and Wendy’s growing attraction, and pulls some very Tinkerbell like behavior.
~ And then the book takes such a weird and wrong twist, that I was left saying “Huh?” pretty much the rest of the book.
~ In search of answers, Wendy goes to Jas. Whom she’s talked to several times. But for some reason, this time, she decides she has to see him thisveryinstant, so she agrees to take a highly addictive drug, one that alters your mind, so that she can get into Jas’ house to speak to him. Which is what I do right before I question somebody. Only, I don’t have Faerie Dust, so I just drop acid. Just kidding, although maybe this book would have made more sense if I’d been on acid for the second half? Sadly, Afrin is the strongest drug I’ve ever indulged in, and that was to breathe.
~ The only thing that makes me Team Jas in this book, since he’s a drug dealer and all, is that I’ve never really forgiven Peter Pan for not growing up and marrying Wendy, but instead waiting around for her granddaughter. What a dick move that was, Peter Pan!
~lol, Jas takes Wendy to a bar called the Jolly Roger. Less cool, Wendy smokes to try to fit in, and it’s kind of like in Grease where Sandy greases up and slides into some leather to impress Danny.
~ I’m just confused by all of this back story between Jas and Pete and Belle. Okay, not confused because it’s hard to understand, but just confused over the why of it all. And the whole Wendy and Jas relationship is just… Listen boys and girls, it’s okay to take a minute in between dating partners. It’s okay to not kiss/make out with/have sex with every person you come across. Really, I promise you. It’s not like in YA books, there’s stds out there. Nasty ones. Honestly, when will I read about the heroine getting a nasty case of genital herpes from the slutty bad boy with a heart of gold?!
~ The ending. Just so… not good.
Wendy- our heroine, in search of her lost brothers, but easily distracted by hot surfer boys.
Pete- our surfer boy Peter Pan.
Jas- our bad boy/hot drug dealer.
Belle- short blonde girl, kind of vicious. In love with Pete, hates Wendy.
Michael and John- Wendy’s lost twin surfer brothers.
Fiona- Wendy’s best friend. She’s concerned for Wendy… with good reason!
Dex- Fiona’s boyfriend.
Nana- Wendy’s adorably wonderful dog!
Hughie and Matt- the only Lost Boys we get to know by name.
Wendy’s shopping trip with Pete, and the cookout, had the best resemblance to the orginal tale the book is based on.
When Belle, in a fit of rage, reveals what Pete’s been hiding from Wendy.
Stop the Clock:
The good: Jas, despite being a drug dealer (he has his reasons, folks, let’s not judge!) is all kinds of hot. I also really liked the surfing element, and definitely think that goes well with a modern day retelling of Peter Pan. The bad: I just thought the book got muddled and weird about half way through. Wendy stopped being a incarnation of Wendy Darling, and all of her choices were kind of horrible. I just never got a feel for her, and felt that most of her actions were based on plot and not personality. The first half was pretty good, and the writing style is nice and easy, but in the end it’s not a book I feel compelled to make my friends read.
Alyssa B. Sheinmel— Website | Alyssa Sheinmel
Second Star gets a Midnight Book rating of: