Second Star

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    A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this dark, contemporary ocean-side adventure inspired by Peter Pan 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.


    “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 best-selling author of The Luxe)

    “This retelling of Peter Pan set in the surfing community makes some of its own magic.” (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

    “I was completely captivated by the story, the characters, and the unique reimagining done by the author, Alyssa B. Sheinmel.” (TURNING PAGES)

    “I’m not sure I’ve loved any retelling more than this one. I absolutely LOVED this book and I know it will find that perfect summer read sweet spot.” (THE NINJA LIBRARIAN)

    “The subtle twists in Second Star added to my enjoyment of the story because I was expecting a normal Peter Pan ending but I found myself being swept off my feet and being taken somewhere else entirely.” (WHAT COMES NEXT)

    “Second Star is a twisty, turvy ride that will suck you in, pull you under and spit you back out wanting another wave.” (FIRE AND ICE READS)

    “The book will definitely make for a quick summer read to check out while you spend the day at the beach!” (THE READER BEE)

    “Second Star was a really enjoyable and interesting spin on the classic story.” (THE READING GEEK)

    “Second Star is a completely reinvented, modern version of Peter Pan. You will feel the pull of the ocean and smell of the salt water as Wendy descends into this mysterious surfing community as well as being held captivated by both rebels Pete and Jas.” (BOOK SWOON)

    “I am amazed at just how much I enjoyed Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel.” (A BACKWARD STORY)

    “Scheinmel cleverly weaves this modern Peter Pan tale into a suspenseful and achingly poignant odyssey as Wendy desperately tries to locate her brothers while falling under the spell of Pete and then his archnemesis Jas, a surfer on the outs with society. Are these adventures real or imaginary experiences brought on by grief psychosis or perhaps a hallucinatory drug she has ingested? The taut drama with its host of well-drawn characters and layers of mystery in the plot will keep readers guessing.” (BOOKLIST)

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