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Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Love, Stargirl (2007)

by Jerry Spinelli

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It was interesting to read this story from the pov of Stargirl as it gives us more insights on how her mind works and how she interacts with other people and her surroundings. I have to admit though that I like the first book more than Love, Stargirl. I find that there are too many characters that it sort of muddled the story. But the writer was able to tie it all up towards the end to give us a beautiful, hopeful ending. ( )
  VavaViolet | Aug 30, 2015 |
Our young lady grew up a lot since she left Arizona. Or maybe it's just that we're seeing her through her own eyes, instead of through Leo's bewitchment. A much more believable, accessible book. A bit like [b:Because of Winn-Dixie|24296|Because of Winn-Dixie|Kate DiCamillo|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167521174s/24296.jpg|25169] but, imo, better. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Stargirl is obviously trying to mend from a broken heart in a new place. She's a quirky character who shares her unique view of the world with new friends and neighbors. There were some cute moments in this novel (I particularly liked Dootsie). ( )
  tjsjohanna | Mar 18, 2015 |
Loved, loved, loved this book!! Loved Stargirl's voice. Loved Stargirl's humor. Loved Stargirl's outlook. Loved how Stargirl brought everyone together. Would have loved to meet Stargirl when I was a teen! Now, I've got to go back to read the first book, Stargirl. (Didn't realize/read that this was the first story continued, but since she "looks back" to the first book/previous year very often, it doesn't feel like I am missing important info by having read the second book first.

I highly recommend this YA book! A very enjoyable, quick, easy read. The protagonist is a 16 y.o. who befriends a 6 y.o., an 11 y.o. and an agoraphobic 40-something, in addition to a town's worth of others. This is not a YA romance (tho there is one kiss), more of a YA coming-of-age. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
Love, Stargirl is the sequel to Spinelli’s 2004 charmer, Stargirl.

It’s rough.

It is also interesting.

Love, Stargirl is written as one epically-long letter sent from Stargirl to her Arizona-dwelling ex from the first book, Leo Borlock. As the story opens we find Stargirl still reeling over Leo’s rejection. She’s a bit of a mess, and so is the book at this point. A host of lovable wackos (as only Spinelli can write them) are swiftly dropped on the reader: an agoraphobic former beauty queen, a donut-delivery girl clawing her way from girlhood to adolescence, a completely uninhibited five-year-old who keeps her eyes on the prize, this list goes on and on. Her happy wagon is looking pretty sad. It’s a lot to take, in the beginning, and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through the book as Stargirl carried on moping and being sanctimonious by turns.

Then, around page one-hundred-twenty-four, it started to gel. Yes, that’s quite a long way in, and it should rightfully give some readers pause. If this isn’t your kind of story, it’s probably not worth the grind to page one-twenty-four. At this point it suddenly becomes clear that each of the extreme characters with whom Stargirl has been spending her time, represents some part of herself or her grieving process for what she had with Leo. Five-year-old Dootsie is her past, her essence, seed of a future Stargirl. Agoraphobic Betty Lou is her loneliness. Donut-delivering Alvina is her struggle to remain true to herself in her dealings with boys.

There are men and boys in the book, too. One mirrors Stargirl, sitting shiva for a lost love; another is a litmus test for future love. This is where the book finally gels, in a moment where Stargirl has tracked down a local ladies-man for reasons she doesn’t really understand. The dialogue between them never fails to spark in a way that her cutesy interactions with Dootsie don’t begin to approach. He is the catalyst for her recovery, asking her the hard questions when she won’t ask them herself.

Stargirl was told from Leo’s perspective: his experience of an exotic creature who appeared in his life and chose him to share hers, until he couldn’t bear her difference any longer. Love, Stargirl takes her down from that mythic pedestal and allows her to be human. Flawed, judgmental, naive, jealous, brave, nurturing, and (perhaps most of all) lost. She finds her way by shepherding others, reminding herself as she reminds them that world is there waiting when they decide to come back and join it.

I liked this book, but as The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Sssh noted, it may make a difference whether you are a Leo or a Stargirl. I have always been, for better or worse, a Stargirl. Leos may find this loose, at times seemingly random, emotional narrative exasperating. Trust me that every (???) moment pays off in the end. ( )
  ArmchairAuthor | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Love, Stargirl is picking from Stargirl. This book will continue on Stargirl's life, there will be many other fun things happening in her life.In her writeing Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life.
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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.

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Still moping months after being dumped by her Arizona boyfriend Leo, fifteen-year-old Stargirl, a home-schooled free spirit, writes "the world's longest letter" to Leo, describing her new life in Pennsylvania.

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