I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR) on Expected publication: May 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, 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 Pete's 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 a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.
Wow… I just finished this and I’m almost speechless.
This book is about so much more than just angst. There are so many books out there where the characters cannot get past their feelings of hurt or loss. This one is about the adventure that we need to take to get over that hurt. And it is one wild ride (or wave since this is all about surfing)!
This is surprisingly very psychological. The premise behind the plot is pretty simple though, Wendy is trying to cope with the idea that her brothers died. Without seeing their bodies she is unwilling and unable to accept their deaths so she goes on a scavenger hunt trying to find if they are truly dead or not.
She’s fighting so much! Her parents, her friends, her SELF. This was so enormous and I loved the way Alyssa B. Sheinmel was able to put all that angst in here without it going overboard. It was dramatic but done in bits and pieces and as Wendy is finding information Alyssa allows the reader into the glimpse which made me question what was going on throughout the entire book.
In a word, this story is epic. It’s about those feelings we all have to face at some point but I closed the book feeling fantastic! It’s a rare and very talented author that can make me feel this way even though I just cried through nearly the entire story!
Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.