Love, Stargirl

Love, Stargirl

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The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's modern-day classic Stargirl! 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. Don't miss Jerry Spinelli's latest novel, The Warden's Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out. "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 From the Hardcover more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0375856447
  • 9780375856440
  • 15,735

About Jerry Spinelli

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli. From the Hardcover more

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"Humor, graceful writing, lively characters, and important lessons about life will make this a hit with fans of Stargirl." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred "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." -- Booklistshow more

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Stargirl would have been enough. I could have lived not knowing what happened to Stargirl after she left Arizona. And I would have been contented. But still I dived into Love, Stargirl because I was curious if she and Leo would ever be together again. By the end of the book, I got the answer. The question now is: Did I regret my decision to read Love, Stargirl? Yes and no. I had a love and hate relationship with Stargirl all the time I was reading the book. Sometimes I wanted to hug and comfort her; other times I just wanted to shake her so hard and pound some sense into her. Don’t get me wrong. She’s wonderful and kind and unique, but there were times that I just find her frustrating and childish. I mean, she’s sixteen but she was acting like a twelve-year-old. I hated the way she acted around Perry. That’s not the Stargirl I loved in the first book. That’s some silly, lovesick teenager. I really didn’t get at all why she got attracted to Perry. They have absolutely nothing in common. Man, how relieved I was when Stargirl finally realized how she really felt. All that aside, I still love Stargirl. (I realize that it’s only when she’s thinking about and hanging out with Perry that I don’t like Stargirl. Pfft. That particular infatuation wasn’t cute at all. Team Leo all the way!) I found her friendship with Dootsie really adorable. How many sixteen-year-olds nowadays would be friends with a very energetic six-year-old? Like what Mrs. Caraway said, she’s the little sister Stargirl never had. I liked that. It was also good to see how Stargirl affected Alvina in the littlest ways. The change in Betty Lou. The friendship with Charlie. The talk with Arnold. That’s the Stargirl I knew. I thought the reason why Stargirl’s beginning to sound normal to me was because I was reading from her perspective. Somehow, the novelty of Stargirl disappeared. Or faded, at least. I realized (again!) that she’s beginning to sound normal because in her mind, she’s perfectly normal. That the things she does are normal. Like marking the sunrise every week for months until Winter Solstice. Or having a pet rat. Or befriending an agoraphobic. Or “babysitting” a grumpy eleven-year-old. Or writing the longest letter to the boy who broke her heart. Those are perfectly normal things in Stargirl standards. And they’re all amazing and admirable. A lot of things in Love, Stargirl made me tear up. Cinnamon after the fire. (Enough said.) Cinnamon and Arnold. Winter Solstice. (It was overwhelming even though I couldn’t see it with my eyes. I felt it.) Stargirl’s question to Leo. Leo’s answer. (Goosebumps all over!) And the ending! It made me sad and happy and hopeful at the same time. It was a nice kind of sad, though. Just the tiny ache in your chest from all the hope bursting inside you. You know what I mean? That’s what I felt. I’m happy that Stargirl got the answer she’s been waiting for. And it’s an answer that made her happy and at peace with herself and the fact that even though she and Leo are apart now, there’s still hope. I don’t exactly regret reading Love, Stargirl. I liked it. But as I said, I could live with just Stargirl. While the sequel is also fascinating, I loved and enjoyed the first book more. Nonetheless, Love, Stargirl is still a good more
by Julie Rimpula
Fans of Jerry Spinelli's STARGIRL will jump and shout when they hear about the sequel, LOVE, STARGIRL. This was not a book that I expected to have a sequel, but in true Jerry Spinelli tradition, Stargirl's story lives on. Moving from Arizona to Pennsylvania has Stargirl missing the desert, the cactus, and especially Leo. Although she is not absolutely certain about their continued relationship, Stargirl uses her year-long letter to keep Leo up-to-date on the events of her new life. She doesn't ever anticipate sending the letter. In fact, she mentions that Leo will most likely only get to read it if she actually sees him again. Filled with fantastic memories and new adventures, Spinelli will have readers falling in love with Stargirl all over again. Memories of the past will remind readers of her wonderful spirit, while her new neighborhoods offer great variety. There's cute and always curious Dootsie, who introduces herself as a "human bean." Dootsie takes Stargirl to meet Betty Lou, who fears anything beyond her trailer door. Then there's Charlie, who haunts the local cemetery and his late wife's grave. Alvina, the hot-head, and Perry, the thief, add further color to the cast of characters. Stargirl's fascination with the changing seasons and the Winter Solstice take her to Enchanted Hill to plot her own personal calendar. It feels right and it offers a way to remember the past. Stargirl's tale is tender and honest in its straightforward simplicity. Thank you to the author for bringing back this famous more
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