Second Star – Alyssa Sheinmel.

4.5

Man, this book was enjoyable. It is basically a retelling of Peter Pan, except it’s set in California with serious surfers who chase waves up and down the coast. A very inventive setting, that’s for sure!! The names are the same – Wendy Darling is our protagonist, and she goes hunting for her missing surfer brothers, John and Michael Darling. She finds clues at a beach called Kensington (“Kensie”) with Pete and his girlfriend Belle and a band of boys who have run away from their foster homes in order to be “free” to surf.

It gripped me from the very beginning. At first I didn’t realize it was a Peter Pan retelling, because I can’t see blurbs on my Kindle and I didn’t remember just from the title, but it hit me pretty fast, since it is pretty obvious to anyone slightly familiar with J.M. Barrie’s famous story.

I literally had difficulty putting it down – it’s been awhile since a book has been this fun for me to zip through. I started it yesterday and finished it this morning at 3am. The only problem I had with it is that the ending was… frustrating. It fit with the rest of the book, and with the story of Peter Pan, I think – if I’m remembering correctly – but it made me sad that Wendy was so quick to fall in with her parents’ wishes.

Ah well. I’m very glad that I picked this one up. Definitely a book that I would recommend, to pretty much anyone interested in a wonderful YA novel!! Well done, Ms. Sheinmel.

Many thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group for a wonderful read in return for a review.