Second Star by Alyssa B. SheinmelSecond Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Second Star

byAlyssa B. Sheinmel

Hardcover | May 13, 2014

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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.

Alyssa Sheinmel was born in California and now lives in New York City. She is also the author of The Stone Girl and two previous YA novels.
Title:Second StarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.48 × 5.75 × 0.93 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374382670

ISBN - 13:9780374382674


Rated 2 out of 5 by from This book has soooo many issues. Constant eye-rolling was had, with multiple outbursts of "are you serious???" First of all, Wendy was the worst protagonist. Zero personality, extremely poor decision-making skills, and extremely poor character judgement. Her motivations were all over the fucking place and her priorities were non-existent. Sets out to find her missing twin brothers --> gets involved in a love triangle. Second of all, Pete and Jas were the worst kinds of love interests. Wendy barely knows Pete for a day before she's planning to live with a bunch of other runaways in order to "find her brothers". Pete's a liar, who really doesn't seem to give a shit about Wendy, which makes sense since he's barely known her more than a couple days. Then out of the blue when Pete is no longer the golden boy he seems, Jas suddenly becomes a viable love interest. He's the local drug dealer who gets other runaways hooked on drugs but then seems like a good enough dude to go a on a road trip with. The instalove in this is grating, and the love triangle makes even less sense with all three parties are lacking decent personalities. Thirdly, I have major beef with Wendy's family and friends. Her brothers don't even seem like that great of people, which makes me wonder why Wendy is so caught up in finding them. Yeah, they're family, but they seem like assholes. I could say the same thing about her parents. They were complete shit and the most irresponsible. If you could have been even the slightest bit aware you might've seen that your daughter was in a spiral. Also, Fiona was the most absent best friend I've ever seen. She made what, two attempts to make sure Wendy was alright? Lastly, I don't even know what that ending was trying to achieve but it was all over the place. I feel slightly squicky and confused, and I don't like it at all. I will say that the writing was lovely and atmospheric, and the saving grace because I flew through this book in a couple of sittings. But that doesn't mean I liked it. Not at all.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is a nice modern. Since my childhood, I have always been the biggest fan of Peter Pan. The story, its themes, its message, everything about it made me so sure that I would never want to grow up. I guess these days, kids do not get the ability to hear and recognize the story, and it will never make sense to them what this story by Alyssa B. Sheinmel is really talking about. Second Star was a very more modern take on the story that J.M. Barrie brought to life with Disney, taking place in California, about a girl who has her future all set out, until her two brothers go missing and her life collapses before her eyes. Second Star had a rough start with me. I found it so unbelievable, when fairytales should seriously seem real and believable for everyone, including adults who decide to pick this book up. Wendy Darling is going to Stanford. STANFORD. THE STANFORD. A three percent chance acceptance rate where there is no proof or descriptions that she has worked hard for this. Yes it is a book, and yes it is fiction, but because it is referencing a real legit educational institute, at least follow the details, please. That, as well as some other things, like when Wendy meets Pete, seemed unbelievable and cliché. I did not think that this book would ever be at a good finish. Thankfully, it did. So Wendy Darling is our protagonist of course, and instead of the Neverland woo-hoo crazy plot world that Barrie created for us in his story, we have a modern day thing. There's surfing, there's partying, there's drugs and alcohol. I am pretty sure that none of that is associated with pixie dust, and I don't remember discovering any of the characters to be similar to Tinker Bell, now that I think about it. I spent a big chunk of the story trying to reconcile characters and think about who could be who. Some of the names were obvious, while others were weird. Some of the qualities also were not there, but it was not like I paid so much attention to that. "Pete shakes his head. "You can't bring all of that with you here." He taps the board. "Worries weigh you down. You need to be light enough to fly." You see that reference? There are so many parts of the novel where I felt like it was so connected to the original story. This is what I am looking for in a retelling. It does not matter whether it is a modern take on the beautiful story or if it is fantasy and all of that mixed in. If the author's writing is great, addictive, and straight-up using some of the original traits, then it is fantastic. This is a real take on the reality of many teenagers or people, perhaps those with a different take on the world than the average person. Wendy experiments drugs to get her out of the grief, stays by herself, and imagines that she is loved when there is nothing left for her, or at least, that is how she feels. Although Pete was really great, I connected with Jas. He's so hot, he's so bad, and it just makes me squirm when I read his lines. He's a drug dealer (and not that I would ever want to be with someone like that), he's convincing. More convincing than Pete. At least he and Wendy had some kind of chemistry, right? The best thing was that Wendy was torn between a love triangle with the two guys, and I was shocked to see the way things turned out. You see, the ending came out and made me so scared. It is abrupt, and it came out of nowhere. Wendy came back to reality, and I was completely shocked with the way things turned out for her. She was not supported by anyone, including her best friend, Fiona, and her parents. "Did I take the drugs because I was so grief-stricken and then manufacture this world, or did I manufacture this world because I was so grief-stricken and take drugs to keep the illusion alive?" (227) I am extremely satisfied with this novel. Books have not been going well for me lately and it is the perfect, quick read to throw you out of any slump that you have been experiencing. It is vivid, wild, but also light and easy to read in a matter of hours.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great Considering this was based on Peter Pan and the waves it was making on the blogasphere, I just had to see if the hype around it was true. Sadly, this was a miss for me. I honestly don’t know much about Peter Pan except that he doesn’t want to grow up. This is a modern take on it and has the same characters only in a different and more disturbing take. The beginning was pretty straight forward, then the middle just twisted everything around. There is a beautiful quality to the writing. I love the descriptive passages of when Wendy was surfing and the feel of the sun on her face. That made me remember what it’s like to be on the beach. It felt like I was transported into California. That said, the imagery and symbolism that I found in the book was interesting, but it wasn’t so gripping after all. The book dragged on and what I thought would be a mystery as to how her brothers were found ended up being flat. But I think that was done on purpose. Wendy isn’t herself and trying to figure it out confused me even more. I know it’s loosely based on Peter Pan but I know Wendy Darling would not do the things she did in this book. It was a little scary reading her thoughts when she was stoned.. Yikes. Add in the instant love with a love triangle and you get Second Star. I would recommend to pass on this one unless you’re a super fan of Peter Pan. There are even mentions to the Jolly Roger. See if you can find it.
Date published: 2014-11-21

Editorial Reviews

"This retelling of Peter Pan set in the surfing community makes some of its own magic." -Kirkus Reviews"Scheinmel cleverly weaves this modern Peter Pan tale into a suspenseful and achingly poignant odyssey . . . The taut drama with its host of well-drawn characters and layers of mystery in the plot will keep readers guessing." -Booklist"Peter Pan serves as the inspiration for this psychological drama dusted with a touch of magical realism . . . the multiple twists at the end will certainly have readers reconsidering their childhood views of Barrie's classic." -BCCB"A contemporary version of Peter Pan set on California beaches . . . a magical tale about never wanting to grow up." -School Library Journal"Second Star is gorgeous: at once sun-soaked and haunted, elegant and strange. As perfect a book about loss, love, and California as I can imagine." -Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe"While Barrie's classic transplants neatly to a contemporary surf-culture setting, the parallels come across more as a clever hook than an integral part of the story" -Publishers Weekly