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Love, Stargirl (Stargirl Series) Paperback – April 28, 2009
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The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli’s modern-day classic Stargirl, now an original film on Disney+!
And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday!
Love, Stargirl picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world's longest letter," in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a year's time. In her writing, Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life.
In Love, Stargirl, we hear the voice of Stargirl herself as she reflects on time, life, Leo, and - of course - love.
“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times
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"Brilliant. . . . As charming and unique as its sensitive, nonconformist heroine." -- School Library Journal
"Anyone who loved Jerry Spinelli's beautiful, poignant young adult novel Stargirl is in for a treat with his latest novel. Anyone who survived or is enduring the teenage years will repeatedly recognize him or herself in these pages--and find the book hard to put down." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Touching and inspiring." -- VOYA
"The many readers who loved the first book will embrace this sequel." -- Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Ember; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375856447
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375856440
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : 610L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.59 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Several readers have posted negative reviews based on the fact the title character is now the narrator. Her enigmatic presence is punctured in the sequel as we see the world through her eyes. This is not a negative thing. It's fine to not enjoy this perspective if what you enjoyed about the first book was Stargirl as an ideal, but as a character, I felt the sequel humanized her in a way that was very positive. She's still an atypical, altruistic, even magical girl, but one who has experienced the sting of heartbreak and has sobered. Just a little. She deals with responsibility. She questions romance. She's a person and an interesting one.
Her pining throughout the book for Leo, the narrator of the first novel, has been highlighted by some reviewers as a flaw. I disagree. Every one of us has experienced that before. I can look back through my own diary entries from high school and see how desperately involved I was with the fleeting romances of teenagerhood. This is a normal part of growing up and I believe the book handles it in such a way that we can all relate.
The diary/letter format may throw people off as it is very different from the linear narrative of the original, but I found it interesting. I enjoy diaries and have long kept one myself, so the story felt more organic to me in this format. It won't work for everyone and that's understandable.
The book isn't perfect. Many of the side characters feel phony. A few of them serve as walking literary devices with no personality of their own, which feels a little heavy handed much of the time. Even the better characters seem to serve limited purpose beyond providing Stargril a platform from which to speculate about the universe. The first book captured high school students more organically. The writing, while in no way bad, seems to falter in finding its voice. There are "entries" that I can believe were written by a teenage girl and others that feel like I'm reading a YA novel. I expected Stargirl's voice to be more dynamic and captivating.
Even with its flaws, this is a good follow up to the first book. It's a short, entertaining read with some legitimately inspiring passages. If you loved the first book, spend the few dollars to snag this one. It's worth your time.
If humanity ever evolves into something better, we should learn from Stargirl. But, sad to think, there is only one Stargirl, and she is a fictional character in two books. Hopefully there will be a third book in the future.
I read and reviewed “Stargirl” first before buying this sequel. The prequel earned five stars from me but this book is so much better because it is told from Stargirl’s point of view instead of Leo’s, the boy she left behind in Arizona after he dumped her. Of course, the reason he dumped her was because he caved in to peer pressure from a mean mob of other children who thought being too positive was wrong.
I don’t think Stargirl is capable of a mean thought or behavior. After what Leo did to her in Arizona, how can she still love him like she does? To Stargirl, it seems Leo is her want-to-be Romeo and she is holding on to hope that he will evolve to her level. Is this wishful thinking? Unless there is a third book that includes Leo, we will never know.
Stargirl is an incredible character and I want to know more about her life and friends. Because this book is told from her point of view, we meet all of the friends she makes in Pennsylvania: Dootsie, Betty Lou, Alvina, Perry Delloplane, and more. Each of Stargirl’s new friends is a unique individual as seen through the main characters eyes and thoughts. If we learn anything from the two books, we discover that being an individual is so much better than being the member of a mob of biased, like-minded people.
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I am not into spoilers but as the book back says Stairgirl's first love, eo is nit longer the boyfriend, Stargirl has moved away and the adventure begins.
I would recommend reading the first book first or you really won't appreciate this second volume.
Oh, its really a book aimed at teenagers, I am a lot older than that and feel that you should read any type of good book. And this is one.
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