Release Date: May 13th 2014
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
The synopsis for SECOND STAR promises “A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic,” but all I received was a contemporary book set by the ocean that does indeed include lies. The story itself is pretty much based on the lies the characters tell each other.
So here’s my summary of what the book is really about:
So let’s start with the love triangle (love square?) that doesn’t really add anything to the plot except more angst and more lies. We have Pete, who doesn’t necessary lie (according to him) but doesn’t tell the truth either. It doesn’t take Wendy long before she’s smitten, and she becomes quickly swept up into Pete’s world, which View Spoiler »I still don’t get if it’s part of reality or not. « Hide Spoiler It’s not quite insta-love, but it’s pretty close.
Enter second strange guy, Jas, a drug dealer of fairy dust. No, really, stop laughing-it’s true. Now we pretty much have insta-love. And of course he has to have a weird history with Pete. It’s worse because he’s later revealed to be View Spoiler »the reason why Wendy’s brothers had a drug addiction which lead to their death. But the heroine still follows him like a lost puppy dog and falls for him. « Hide Spoiler
I also wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, some sentences just didn’t make sense and there were some pretty odd metaphors. However, all the surfing aspects were really well written and very detailed so that was a plus.
If you’re looking for a loose YA re-telling of Peter Pan simply because it’s your favorite fairy tale, you’ll probably enjoy SECOND STAR. There are elements of this book that I enjoyed, but I wouldn’t really recommend it. If you are looking for a truly impressive adaption with beautiful writing and a unique spin on the story, try TIGER LILY instead.