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Love, Stargirl PDF, ePub eBook 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, wi 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. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Love, Stargirl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma (Miss Print)

    I just finished Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. And I have not been able to pick up another book because I don't want to lose the feeling of satisfaction that came from finishing it. At first, I didn't think that this book could be as good as it's "prequel" Stargirl, but not I'm hard-pressed to say which was better. Love, Stargirl picks up where Stargirl left off. She has left Mica High in Arizona and, more importantly, her boyfriend Leo. The story reads as a year-long letter to Leo as Stargirl I just finished Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. And I have not been able to pick up another book because I don't want to lose the feeling of satisfaction that came from finishing it. At first, I didn't think that this book could be as good as it's "prequel" Stargirl, but not I'm hard-pressed to say which was better. Love, Stargirl picks up where Stargirl left off. She has left Mica High in Arizona and, more importantly, her boyfriend Leo. The story reads as a year-long letter to Leo as Stargirl lives life as only she can and tries to understand how things went wrong with Leo and what her feelings are for him now. Spinelli brings in a lot of memorable characters. My favorites are Charlie and Betty Lou. Betty Lou, particularly, has a special place in my heart because she gives some of the best advice I have ever heard when she tells Stargirl to live in the now and make the most of each today that she finds. Which, being Stargirl, she does. As the story progresses, Stargirl changes from a stranger to an integral part of her new hometown. Through small kindnesses, unexpected friendships, and leaving behind lots of oranges, Stargirl makes as much of an impression here in Pennsylvania as she did at Mica High-maybe even more. The entire novel, especially the ending, is magical. I am as enchanted with Stargirl now as I was when I read Spinelli's first novel about her. It was refreshing to see this amazing girl's thoughts and hear things from her point of view (the first book is told in Leo's POV). If you aren't touched by Stargirl and her little kindnesses and the beauty of this book, then you are beyond all help. These books are fairly quick reads with straightforward prose, but both are the rare books that I feel strongly everyone should read (definitely read Stargirl before picking up this one since they are basically two parts of one, larger story). I think that if everyone tried to be a little more like Stargirl the world would be a better place. You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tulleskirt

    God, I am so elated right now. I just finished this book and it was, I am happy to say, just as extrordinary as the first. You know, I started reading this because I'm a senior in high school and I'm tired of assigned books of Great Literature. Don't get me wrong, The Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite novels ever, but I wanted something lighter and when I heard Stargirl, the book that WAS my sixth grade had a sequel...well, I ran out and got it. And I loved it. Oh god, do I love this book. It's God, I am so elated right now. I just finished this book and it was, I am happy to say, just as extrordinary as the first. You know, I started reading this because I'm a senior in high school and I'm tired of assigned books of Great Literature. Don't get me wrong, The Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite novels ever, but I wanted something lighter and when I heard Stargirl, the book that WAS my sixth grade had a sequel...well, I ran out and got it. And I loved it. Oh god, do I love this book. It's as magical, sweet, emotional and zany as the first book, if not more so. We hear the titular heroine speak, as you've probably noted from other reviews and she's really everything we could expect. She's never cloying, trite, or too fished-up-from-the-sixties--she is, as she would have us percieve her, entirely Stargirl Caraway. I don't understand the complaints that she's somehow diluted in this book--she's as ukulele strumming and rat-toting as usual, she smashes all the clocks in the house for god's sake and the book's climax takes place during her 5 AM Winter Solstice party. But beyond that, people are saying she's turned into this moon-eyed teenager, pining for her white knight to come home, and to that I say bullshit ( a word that does appear in this book, though in a less abrasive way). This reminds me of another book for young readers that's read by all ages anyway (yes, Harry Potter). When the sixth book came out, I knew a few people that railed against Hermione, the smart, pragmatic one, going all weepy over a *boy*. Oh, heavens and calamity, no! I'm not going to lie, Stargirl spends a good chunk of this book upset over the loss of Leo (or Starboy, as she once addresses him) and yeah, the book is essentially a massive letter/diary to him. But so what? She can't be...well, a teenage girl? One of the core components of her character is that she's intensely emotional and besides that dreamy--when she falls for a boy, she's going to fall hard and she does. This doesn't mean she isn't the fairylike Ondine (hee hee) we've come to love--frankly, I liked that it humanized her. If we hadn't seen this sighing girl within, she would've been a bit too enchanting, crossing that line into Role Model for Grade Schoolers and yeah...that would've sucked. So psshhh to all of the qualms with her feelings--they were some of the best parts of the book in my opinion. Oh yeah: Dootsie was cute too. Go read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alyson

    Didn't love it. Stargirl was such a totally charming book. Open-ended somewhat, and I wanted to know what happened next. This is a sequel, I guess, a what-happens-sort-of-next and this time it's narrated by Stargirl. But it isn't the same Stargirl of the first book. All of the things Stargirl does and has done for years are absent here. There are flashes of Stargirl behavior, it's like this girl is a Stargirl wannabe who is sort of faking it. I was disappointed that it didn't even reach as far in t Didn't love it. Stargirl was such a totally charming book. Open-ended somewhat, and I wanted to know what happened next. This is a sequel, I guess, a what-happens-sort-of-next and this time it's narrated by Stargirl. But it isn't the same Stargirl of the first book. All of the things Stargirl does and has done for years are absent here. There are flashes of Stargirl behavior, it's like this girl is a Stargirl wannabe who is sort of faking it. I was disappointed that it didn't even reach as far in time as the end of Stargirl (which sort of zips forward fifteen years in the last chapter) and so there's no real resolution to that book. And it throws in so many bizarre things that weren't in Stargirl. The characters are neither as real-life nor as endearing. True confessions: I skipped probably a third of the book, just decided to skip ahead and see if it was ever going to get to the part I wanted it to. The quirky situations and characters (that had nothing to do with the original story I loved) weren't enough to keep me interested. I'm utterly unfulfilled!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really liked Stargirl, so I was excited to read this sequel. But at first I found it unnerving to be reading Stargirl's point of view, her first-person narrative, instead of Leo's. Stargirl in Stargirl had seemed more a character in a story, but Stargirl in Love, Stargirl was suddenly a person, and at first I didn't like that. Reading her actual thoughts, and her reactions to her thoughts, removed her aura of mystery and magic and left her a real, thinking, feeling, human girl. But maybe that' I really liked Stargirl, so I was excited to read this sequel. But at first I found it unnerving to be reading Stargirl's point of view, her first-person narrative, instead of Leo's. Stargirl in Stargirl had seemed more a character in a story, but Stargirl in Love, Stargirl was suddenly a person, and at first I didn't like that. Reading her actual thoughts, and her reactions to her thoughts, removed her aura of mystery and magic and left her a real, thinking, feeling, human girl. But maybe that's the real charm of Stargirl - even though we're normal human beans, to quote Stargirl's 6-year-old new friend Dootsie, we can still share magic with those around us. These are things Stargirl did that I particularly liked: - wrote a book-length letter to her old boyfriend that she sometimes wanted him to see and sometimes didn't. - got rid of watches and clocks at home but made her own calendar by marking the points of sunrise in an empty field once a week. I really liked the poem she wrote about time, too. - continued to keep track of her level of happiness by placing pebbles in or removing them from her happy wagon. It's an intriguing idea, quantifying happiness. I think it would make you more aware of your feelings, which could make you enjoy your good times more or realize how it's usually the little things that make you put in or take out a pebble. But if you got compulsive about it, that would be bad. - witnessed and celebrated the appearance of the vanilla-scented flower on her friend Betty Lou's night-blooming cereus that blooms just one night a year. I wanted to be there with them. - ate donuts frequently enough to enjoy them, but sparingly enough to appreciate them. What book isn't made better when the characters get to eat freshly made donuts?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    I loved this book just as much as Stargirl. Oh gosh, Stargirl is so precious. I want her to stay that way forever, please never let her change. Again, some truly beautiful and lyrical lines in this book and plenty of annotated and tabbed passages as Stargirl writes letters to Leo and navigates a new life for herself away from him. It's a stunning look at getting over a first love, moving on while also nurturing that hope that someday, somehow, your paths will cross again and your love may work t I loved this book just as much as Stargirl. Oh gosh, Stargirl is so precious. I want her to stay that way forever, please never let her change. Again, some truly beautiful and lyrical lines in this book and plenty of annotated and tabbed passages as Stargirl writes letters to Leo and navigates a new life for herself away from him. It's a stunning look at getting over a first love, moving on while also nurturing that hope that someday, somehow, your paths will cross again and your love may work the second time around. It's beautiful, absolutely heartbreakingly and soul-nurturing beautiful. I don't want to spoil the plot by quoting any of my faces but oh, guys, it's great. There's still the classic Stargirl randomness and quirk that endears you to her, the community building and giving nature that Stargirl is famous for but she's growing, maturing even more, into this amazing woman and I loved seeing that in this book. Absolutely loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J-Lynn Van Pelt

    I was already worried about the premise of this book when I started reading it. What I loved about the original Stargirl is the mystery behind the exuberant, eccentric stranger who comes into Leo's life and turns everything upside down. The first book is about not conforming to expectations, being true to yourself, putting other people first, and learning to see beyond yourself. Archie even explains that star people are not meant to be understood by the rest of us. So, why would I want to read a I was already worried about the premise of this book when I started reading it. What I loved about the original Stargirl is the mystery behind the exuberant, eccentric stranger who comes into Leo's life and turns everything upside down. The first book is about not conforming to expectations, being true to yourself, putting other people first, and learning to see beyond yourself. Archie even explains that star people are not meant to be understood by the rest of us. So, why would I want to read a book from Stargirl's perspective? When I first started Love, Stargirl I was disappointed to read that she was a normal teenage girl who was pining over Leo, humiliated by his betrayal at the school dance, and barely noticing all of the unique people around her. But, I kept reading and as Stargirl started to find herself again (with an assist by the loveable Archie) I started to love her again. I suppose even star people need a break to collect themselves every once in a while.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Dear Stargirl, You left me asking e tu Stargirl? I loved the first book about you and was excited to dive into this sequel written in letter/diary form by you. You were an amazing role model for young girls your age in your first book as an independent, free-spirited and eccentric girl. Even though you were different than other kids you were charming and I felt drawn to you. That's why I was so disappointed that you spent almost half of your next book pining over Leo back in Arizona. I guess I'm Dear Stargirl, You left me asking e tu Stargirl? I loved the first book about you and was excited to dive into this sequel written in letter/diary form by you. You were an amazing role model for young girls your age in your first book as an independent, free-spirited and eccentric girl. Even though you were different than other kids you were charming and I felt drawn to you. That's why I was so disappointed that you spent almost half of your next book pining over Leo back in Arizona. I guess I'm not very sympathetic, but I am tired of reading about girls your age that get overly obsessed and whining over boys. (i.e. Bella!) I guess I expected you to be well, more you. It seems like even if you were feeling bad about a boy that you wouldn't lose yourself in the process. I was sad that you did. My daughter read both of your books and I was hoping that we could continue to have discussions about what it means to be yourself, about following the crowd, and about finding your own star. Now with this second book I'm finding we will have a very different discussion. By the end of the book you started to come around and in the process the book got a bit more interesting. But, it was all a little too late for me. Love, Julia's Mom P.S. If book three is love, marriage and the baby carriage for Stargirl and Leo then I will take back my letter and review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

    Light, enjoyable and quite fun. But, I enjoyed the first book about Stargirl sooo much more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I was so excited when I heard this was coming out. SO EXCITED. I'm sorry to say, though, that I actually kind of hated it. Stargirl herself is kind of lame. All she does is moons over Leo and acts vaguely obnoxious. Why doesn't she have any friends her own age? The side characters are supposed to be wacky, but they just come off as forced. Also, they all seemed like less good versions of characters from Maniac Magee. Dootsie feels like a bad Hester and Lester, and Alvina is a poor man's Piper an I was so excited when I heard this was coming out. SO EXCITED. I'm sorry to say, though, that I actually kind of hated it. Stargirl herself is kind of lame. All she does is moons over Leo and acts vaguely obnoxious. Why doesn't she have any friends her own age? The side characters are supposed to be wacky, but they just come off as forced. Also, they all seemed like less good versions of characters from Maniac Magee. Dootsie feels like a bad Hester and Lester, and Alvina is a poor man's Piper and Russell. Betty Lou is an agoraphobic Grayson. Perry isn't like a character from another book, but I struggle to understand what Stargirl sees in him. I mean, he litters! And the "Honeybees" are idiots. And I get a little mad thinking about them. I love Jerry Spinelli, but I think this one is a miss. I'm so disappointed!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was really disapointed in this book. I had high hopes because it is the sequel to one of my favorite books. The spirit of Stargirl wasn't as powerful or as meaningful in this book as the previous book. She was spending the year trying to get over Leo and her suffering from a broken heart in such a way didn't seem to be her. I also thought the theme of the book, to live in the moment and see where life takes you, was forced. I also thought that this sequel was definitely for more advanced reade I was really disapointed in this book. I had high hopes because it is the sequel to one of my favorite books. The spirit of Stargirl wasn't as powerful or as meaningful in this book as the previous book. She was spending the year trying to get over Leo and her suffering from a broken heart in such a way didn't seem to be her. I also thought the theme of the book, to live in the moment and see where life takes you, was forced. I also thought that this sequel was definitely for more advanced readers than Stargirl because some of the content. It was nice to still hear about a young person with a free spirit who tries her best to bring happiness to the world but it seemed very deliberate.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Haleema

    I finished this super fast because Stargirl bored me to death and I skimmed through it. Anyway, like my rating, I thought this book was simply ok. I mean, there was nothing truly magnificent about it. The only characters that I seemed genuinely interested in were Archie and Perry. Wise, old man Archie. Mysterious, daring boy Perry. Stargirl just kept whining about her relationship with Leo. MOVE ON, LADY! Those little "codes" annoyed me to death. I hated her poems as well. She's a crappy writer. I finished this super fast because Stargirl bored me to death and I skimmed through it. Anyway, like my rating, I thought this book was simply ok. I mean, there was nothing truly magnificent about it. The only characters that I seemed genuinely interested in were Archie and Perry. Wise, old man Archie. Mysterious, daring boy Perry. Stargirl just kept whining about her relationship with Leo. MOVE ON, LADY! Those little "codes" annoyed me to death. I hated her poems as well. She's a crappy writer. I hated her little "mini-imaginary-conversations" with her and Leo. They were so pathetic and such a waste of time. She's still in love with a guy who truly does not give a crap about her. It's so obvious. 1. He made her change herself. 2. He didn't take her to the dance. 3. He gave up on her. 4. He doesn't feel any remorse whatsoever. 5. He's a dull, freaking jerk. Perry would have kicked Leo's butt by spitting lemon seeds at him. He would die a horrible death, being attacked by lemon seeds.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Uhlenhaker

    Wow. Just, wow. Yet again, I have been introduced to Jerry Spinelli's FANTASTIC writing and characters. This book was better than the first. I LOVED reading from Stargirl's POV, and I fell in love with every single character. I cried a few times while reading this book, not because I was sad exactly, but because of various emotions that were all over the place. I felt all the feels. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and their growth. There wasn't a character that I didn't like, and I wanted mo Wow. Just, wow. Yet again, I have been introduced to Jerry Spinelli's FANTASTIC writing and characters. This book was better than the first. I LOVED reading from Stargirl's POV, and I fell in love with every single character. I cried a few times while reading this book, not because I was sad exactly, but because of various emotions that were all over the place. I felt all the feels. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and their growth. There wasn't a character that I didn't like, and I wanted more of them. I don't want to say too much because this book is best if you walk in blind, but they were all so good. I did feel like there were some things left unfinished- some loose ends that need to be tied in. I felt like the ending was a little abrupt, but I liked it oddly enough. I loved Stargirl and I love this book even more. I definitely suggest this book to anyone and everyone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I was excited when I heard this book was coming out - a sequel to one of my favorite books, Stargirl. But it's a bit like those who write sequels to Jane Austen novels and Gone with the Wind. How could it possibly hold up? I think maybe its biggest problem is that this time Stargirl is the narrator. She was so mysterious and surprising in Stargirl because you didn't know what she was thinking and what she would do next. This is still a good book, but I plan on reading Stargirl many times in the I was excited when I heard this book was coming out - a sequel to one of my favorite books, Stargirl. But it's a bit like those who write sequels to Jane Austen novels and Gone with the Wind. How could it possibly hold up? I think maybe its biggest problem is that this time Stargirl is the narrator. She was so mysterious and surprising in Stargirl because you didn't know what she was thinking and what she would do next. This is still a good book, but I plan on reading Stargirl many times in the future and I probably won't ever return to this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Robinson

    One of my favorite characters from all of YA literature returns! Told from the point of view of Stargirl herself this time, the novel takes the form of a very long letter to her ex-boyfriend, Leo. Not quite as amazing as the orignal, Love, Stargirl takes a little while to get going. Spinelli seems to struggle with finding an authentic voice for his quirky but lovable character. Once he does, however, Stargirl shines as bright as ever. Reading this one, like reading the original, makes you long t One of my favorite characters from all of YA literature returns! Told from the point of view of Stargirl herself this time, the novel takes the form of a very long letter to her ex-boyfriend, Leo. Not quite as amazing as the orignal, Love, Stargirl takes a little while to get going. Spinelli seems to struggle with finding an authentic voice for his quirky but lovable character. Once he does, however, Stargirl shines as bright as ever. Reading this one, like reading the original, makes you long to know and be more like the ukulele-playing, rat-loving, solstice-celebrating Stargirl.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    Three stars is more of a "grand scheme of things" than a "enjoyed in the moment" thing. Stargirl returns. The POV is now from Stargirl and not from Leo. This changes things. I feel like her voice gets lost a little in the transfer. Before you see Stargirl in this almost mythical proportion, because Leo is so enamored. When you hear things from her POV, she starts to seem more human, and slightly less magical. She doesn't lose her hippiness, which is good. She does spend a little too much of the Three stars is more of a "grand scheme of things" than a "enjoyed in the moment" thing. Stargirl returns. The POV is now from Stargirl and not from Leo. This changes things. I feel like her voice gets lost a little in the transfer. Before you see Stargirl in this almost mythical proportion, because Leo is so enamored. When you hear things from her POV, she starts to seem more human, and slightly less magical. She doesn't lose her hippiness, which is good. She does spend a little too much of the book heartbroken. Actually the shining star of this story is Dootsie, Stargirl's 6 year old best friend. She provides all of the magical insights. But don't get me wrong. I definitely enjoyed this book in the moment. It's just hard not to compare it to its predecessor. Favorite quotes: "Under each tombstone lay a memory, a dead day. Here Lies the Day in the Enchanted Desert. Here Lies the Day We Followed the Lady at the Mall and Made Up Her Life. Each night I lie down in a graveyard of memories." "I think I had discovered that the closest I could come to reliving the past was to tell my story to someone, the right someone." "Snow lay over the earth like piled moonlight."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I looked back at my review for Stargirl to find inspiration to write this one, but I didn't review Stargirl! I'm not sure why because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Love, Stargirl was just as good as Stargirl, but maybe even slightly better because this story was told by Stargirl herself in long letter/diary format. It was a nice contrast being in her head versus being in Leo's head as he observed his confident, non-conformist girlfriend win over and then become alienated by his public high schoo I looked back at my review for Stargirl to find inspiration to write this one, but I didn't review Stargirl! I'm not sure why because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Love, Stargirl was just as good as Stargirl, but maybe even slightly better because this story was told by Stargirl herself in long letter/diary format. It was a nice contrast being in her head versus being in Leo's head as he observed his confident, non-conformist girlfriend win over and then become alienated by his public high school classmates. In the second book, Stargirl has moved away and is back to being home-schooled, but it doesn't take her long to make friends in her new town. She is drawn to broken and damaged characters, and they are inevitably drawn to her because of her positive spirit and charisma. Through her, they begin to heal, and through them, Stargirl works through the pain of losing her first love.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dracolibris

    Oh Stargirl, how I missed you. You can make me laugh, cry, love and think really deep thoughts like no one else. And at the end of reading this, your second story, I just wanted to reach through the pages and give you a big hug to let you know it will all be all right. But you knew that already, didn't you? :-) Just as good as the first book, this volume finds Stargirl one year older and a lot sadder. Her happy bucket is almost empty of pebbles, and she is still pining for her lost love Leo. But Oh Stargirl, how I missed you. You can make me laugh, cry, love and think really deep thoughts like no one else. And at the end of reading this, your second story, I just wanted to reach through the pages and give you a big hug to let you know it will all be all right. But you knew that already, didn't you? :-) Just as good as the first book, this volume finds Stargirl one year older and a lot sadder. Her happy bucket is almost empty of pebbles, and she is still pining for her lost love Leo. But an assortment of strange and beautiful characters in her new hometown begin to crack through her grief, and the Stargirl we know and love begins to shine through. I would recommend this book to everyone who loved Stargirl the first time around, and who can appreciate the struggle we must all face to be true to ourselves.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    The formatting was very interesting. I enjoyed getting into Stargirl's head via her journals or a letter she's writing to the boy she loves. Loved Cinnamon the rat.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Oswald

    I cried real hard at the first half of the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Love, Stargirl is the companion to Jerry Spinelli's bestselling novel Stargirl, this time told from the point of view of sixteen-year-old homeschooler Stargirl Caraway herself. From Arizona, the Caraways move to Pennsylvania where Stargirl starts afresh – albeit not without missing the great love of her life, Leo. In order to quell her feelings of loneliness because of the distance between her and Leo, she writes him letters: she wrote him about her new life, her new friends, her Winter Love, Stargirl is the companion to Jerry Spinelli's bestselling novel Stargirl, this time told from the point of view of sixteen-year-old homeschooler Stargirl Caraway herself. From Arizona, the Caraways move to Pennsylvania where Stargirl starts afresh – albeit not without missing the great love of her life, Leo. In order to quell her feelings of loneliness because of the distance between her and Leo, she writes him letters: she wrote him about her new life, her new friends, her Winter Solstice project, and the new boy in her life, Perry. When I read Stargirl , I loved it so much that I eagerly picked up the sequel, anticipating the next chapters in the life of the protagonists. Unfortunately, it didn't captivate me just as much as Stargirl did. There were portions that felt dragging and boring, such that I didn't feel all that compelled to read it, unlike its predecessor which I found difficult to put down that I had to read snatches of it in the office just to satiate my curiosity. Because the story of Love, Stargirl was told from Stargirl's own point of view, her luster and vivaciousness that leapt out at me from the first book seemed to slacken off a bit, and she almost seemed like a normal teenager to me. Moreover, the spotlight was veered from her over to the new characters in her life: Dootsie, the little girl who became Stargirl's best friend (and who would be my favorite character in the book); Alvina, the angry betweener whom Stargirl took under her wing; Charlie, who sits everyday by the grave of the love of his life, Grace; Arnold, who always asks if everyone was looking for him, and agoraphobic Betty Lou, who hasn't left her house in 9 years. What I did like about Love, Stargirl was its depth. Between the lines and chapters, the book spoke about the important things: love, understanding, kindness. There were situations in which Stargirl found herself that bordered on cheesy, yes, but when you get past that, it's so easy to appreciate the underlying virtues. Stargirl is still the model teenager, and every character in the book is so kind and good, it makes you want to be a part of their (perfect) world. The ending was also very profound. And the part where Leo answers Stargirl's unspoken question, it just breaks my heart. Review also posted here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria Ella

    "The beam began to dissipate then, as the sun cleared the horizon and flooded the world with light. Still the people stayed, watching as the golden circle frayed and dissolved across the Blackbone. It reminded my of a movie that is so good the audience just sits there staring at the rolling credits after the lights go on. Suddenly the simple phrase "another day" had new meaning. In this companion book with Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, we see the lead character stripping off of her mysteries. More "The beam began to dissipate then, as the sun cleared the horizon and flooded the world with light. Still the people stayed, watching as the golden circle frayed and dissolved across the Blackbone. It reminded my of a movie that is so good the audience just sits there staring at the rolling credits after the lights go on. Suddenly the simple phrase "another day" had new meaning. In this companion book with Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, we see the lead character stripping off of her mysteries. More human, and very much, a deviation from the first book. In its epistolary style, Stargirl wrote a slice-of-life in her new residence away from the Mica High - away from Leo. These episodes are compiled in a journal, planning to be sent to the first (and future ?) love. The magic within Stargirl's character has diminished from the first book (where we see her as a hippie-homeschooled-chic) but it was redeemed by the people around her, and by a significant astronimical reality - the Winter Solstice. This event, which is also the book's climax, is like a grandiose firework of feels, defining a fleeting moment hungry for more eyes. As a reader, it made me shed a tear or two. I can say that the first has the longer linger effect, maybe because Leo showed more of his vulnerable side to us readers, rather than Stargirl, who is quirky. I guess we see more of ourselves to the normal boy rather than to the quirky girl. But I hope this review will not give you a prejudice to prefer the first book. It's just that, for me, Stargirl is better seen as a character of hippie-homeschooled-chic, not seeing the snippets of her daily homeschooled life. (view spoiler)[It's true rating should be a 3.5. Also, this is one of the books catered for an online activty of reading a young-adult genre, and be able to write a review about. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clare Cannon

    This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care... In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens. It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations. These are presented This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care... In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens. It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations. These are presented from a variety of points of view, creating a web of relationships and perspectives that reflects the reality of a life truly lived with others. We gain a richer understanding of humanity, one that’s not merely theoretical but gained from practice, from emotions stretched and purified through giving. These stories meet you where you are and show you how to be better. They mould character with such a light and breezy style that while aware that you are feeling, you don’t realise that you are learning. If they could have a spiritual comparison, they are Jacques Philippe in story form, for a younger audience. They teach you how to truly live in the present, sharing your life with others.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Lalaine

    4.5 stars because when she dreams of love, she dreams of smashed potatoes. &&because love makes it's own magic <3 ~ ~ ~ I just have to say that I know a lot of people were/are still hesitant to read this sequel because it's in Stargirl's POV and knowing her thoughts and her inner workings would mean losing her "other-worldlyness" and mysteriousness. But I find this so much more satisfying because we already met Stargirl "the legend" and in this book we get to meet Stargirl "the girl", the 4.5 stars because when she dreams of love, she dreams of smashed potatoes. &&because love makes it's own magic <3 ~ ~ ~ I just have to say that I know a lot of people were/are still hesitant to read this sequel because it's in Stargirl's POV and knowing her thoughts and her inner workings would mean losing her "other-worldlyness" and mysteriousness. But I find this so much more satisfying because we already met Stargirl "the legend" and in this book we get to meet Stargirl "the girl", the kind and angry and hurting and awesome human bean! :) Some also say that she seems to be and behave differently from Stargirl of the first novel. Well, that's because she is! Love, Stargirl's "Stargirl" is a "post-Leo-Stargirl", a broken-hearted teenager trying to cope and make sense of the tragedy that is first love. If that's NOT a life-altering event, then I don't know what is. && Unpopular Opinion: I liked Perry better than Leo. (Please don't hate me) :P

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I loved the book Stargirl so much that I was almost afraid to pick this one up. How could it possibly live up to the charming humor and insightful romance of the first book? I was sure a kid would die of cancer in a sorry attempt to make me cry, or Stargirl would fall in love with someone else and make me mad. This book caught me totally off guard. While no one dies, there is romance and relationships that rival the excellent storytelling of the first book. And you get to hear Stargirl’s voice fo I loved the book Stargirl so much that I was almost afraid to pick this one up. How could it possibly live up to the charming humor and insightful romance of the first book? I was sure a kid would die of cancer in a sorry attempt to make me cry, or Stargirl would fall in love with someone else and make me mad. This book caught me totally off guard. While no one dies, there is romance and relationships that rival the excellent storytelling of the first book. And you get to hear Stargirl’s voice for the first time, which should make the female readers happy. Overall, this book was just different enough from the first one to keep it exciting but had all of the qualities that made me fall in love with Stargirl in the first place.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eliece

    In this sequel, Stargirl has moved to a small Pennsylvania town and is a "homeschooler" again. It is told from her point of view, journal style as she writes un-sent letters to Leo. Instead of being the outcast, Stargirl is in a town of unique characters and friends. I didn't find it as honest and fun as the first one, but it is still a nice, heartwarming type book. Jeers: 1. Spinelli is not 100% true to the character he created in the first book 2. character of Dootsie (annoying) 3. Cinnamon th In this sequel, Stargirl has moved to a small Pennsylvania town and is a "homeschooler" again. It is told from her point of view, journal style as she writes un-sent letters to Leo. Instead of being the outcast, Stargirl is in a town of unique characters and friends. I didn't find it as honest and fun as the first one, but it is still a nice, heartwarming type book. Jeers: 1. Spinelli is not 100% true to the character he created in the first book 2. character of Dootsie (annoying) 3. Cinnamon the rat (way too much page time) Cheers: 1. getting to know and love Stargirl's parents 2. milkruns with her dad 3. Charlie 4. Arnold

  26. 5 out of 5

    Manini

    I found the first book interesting, it was a quick read but the end left me wanting to find out more about what happened to Stargirl. The second book is from Stargirl's perspective and is written as a series of diary entries. I found it really empty, I had to force myself to read a few chapters before I started caring about any of the characters. I was so disappointed that most of the book was spent describing how heartbroken Stargirl was over Leo. I binged it though, and the story is still fres I found the first book interesting, it was a quick read but the end left me wanting to find out more about what happened to Stargirl. The second book is from Stargirl's perspective and is written as a series of diary entries. I found it really empty, I had to force myself to read a few chapters before I started caring about any of the characters. I was so disappointed that most of the book was spent describing how heartbroken Stargirl was over Leo. I binged it though, and the story is still fresh in my mind, I think I might like it more if I'd spent the time to analyse and understand Stargirl better?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I put off reading this for the first few months that I knew it was out there. I always get nervous that the sequel won't live up to the original. But, alas, I was wrong. This book is just, if not, as endearing as Stargirl. Here, you get to see Stargirl inside out. Instead of just being a prairie skirted, ukelele playing object of Leo's eye, you see her point of view and the year that she spends after Leo. The characters are amazingly original and I grew to love Stargirl even more. A definite rea I put off reading this for the first few months that I knew it was out there. I always get nervous that the sequel won't live up to the original. But, alas, I was wrong. This book is just, if not, as endearing as Stargirl. Here, you get to see Stargirl inside out. Instead of just being a prairie skirted, ukelele playing object of Leo's eye, you see her point of view and the year that she spends after Leo. The characters are amazingly original and I grew to love Stargirl even more. A definite read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Love, Stargirl was every bit as good as Stargirl. It picks up after she moves away from Arizona, and is told in the form of a very long letter to Leo. We get to know much more about her, and she is every bit as unusual and unconventional as her name. I love this story because its message is that it's okay to be different - and that being different can be wonderful. Stargirl's life isn't always easy, but her guidepost in life is being true to herself, which is a good goal for people of every age.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I think the reason I had originally listed this is as a five star because I wasn't expecting it to exist. I still enjoyed it this time around.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Actual Rating:3.5 Short and Simple Review I actually did not read Stargirl until very recently, so I was able to read this one fairly shortly after reading the first book. I thought this was a fantastic companion to the first book! I loved seeing things from Stargirl's POV. I've seen complaints from others that Stargirl is too "normal" in this book. Yes, her viewpoint is not incredibly weird, but it still read like it was from her. We sti This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd Actual Rating:3.5 Short and Simple Review I actually did not read Stargirl until very recently, so I was able to read this one fairly shortly after reading the first book. I thought this was a fantastic companion to the first book! I loved seeing things from Stargirl's POV. I've seen complaints from others that Stargirl is too "normal" in this book. Yes, her viewpoint is not incredibly weird, but it still read like it was from her. We still see how powerfully she feels things, how much she believes in things, and what she does to make an impact on others. But we also see that she is a human being with feelings and not a caricature. The first book does show us that she is human, but I also felt that at times Leo saw her as other. I loved seeing Stargirl interact with everyone, especially Dootsie. Dootsie is my favorite. The book was written like a really long letter to Leo and I liked the format, but I also kind of wish Stargirl wasn't so fixated on Leo. He honestly doesn't deserve her. Maybe friendship, but I don't want them to be together. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book.

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