Love, Stargirl

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Love, Stargirl

Love, Stargirl

A beloved New York Times bestseller—now in trade paperback!

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.

A USA Today Bestseller
A Book Sense Children’s Pick
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
better than the first, August 14, 2007
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This review is from: Love, Stargirl (Hardcover)

how i’ve missed stargirl! i loved that she’s not the typical girl. i loved that she doesn’t care what others think of her. i envy that her mother homeschools her and sends her on interesting field trips. none of that changes in this book but we do get to know her better. the mystery falls away and reveals a girl who is just as vulnerable and confused about growing up as other girls her age. she wants what every girl wants: for the boy she loves to see her, really SEE her and love her entirely.

in a series of letters to leo, stargirl tells her own story. she befriends the people others would overlook or ignore. while some might think of her as a busybody, to the misunderstood, she is an angel. her best friend is a 6-year old, her favorite neighbor is an agoraphobic, and the boy she might be interested in is a thief. but in the center of it all, is her heartache for the boy in arizona. somehow, spinelli makes all of this believable and creates characters you can’t help but fall in love with. told simply, sometimes poetically, he brings us to calendar hill at the solstice, to the moment when she truly shines. if i wasn’t reading in a public place, i may have let a few tears fall.

and the ending was perfect. a true stargirl ending.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Different from Stargirl…and Vive Le Difference!, August 27, 2007
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This review is from: Love, Stargirl (Hardcover)

I found Stargirl in a bookstore and, for some reason, was intrigued enough to read a page or two. I had never read any of Spinelli’s books before…but before I knew it, I was completely caught up in the story and read it from cover to cover before leaving the store.

It soon became a favorite of mine and a friend gave me a copy, which I have re-read several times. To me, it’s a wonderfully inspiring story of individualism that young girls today need now more than ever, when presented with role models like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Just recently I discovered there was a sequel to this beloved book, and as several other reviewers have noted, it’s quite different from Stargirl.
Not only has the narrator shifted from Leo to Stargirl, Stargirl shifts as well. We see her as less of a charming enigma and more of a vulnerable teenager who can’t seem to get over her lost love. So she begins writing him a very long letter in daily journal form, and as she does, we see her find herself again as she develops healing relationships with an interesting cast of characters: an agoraphobe, a six year old girl, a man whose devotion to his late wife is all-consuming, and a potential replacement for Leo who has a harem and, possibly, a criminal record.

However, the original novel shows Stargirl’s humanity and vulnerability or it would not have been believable. I disagree with the other reviewers who miss the enigma, because Stargirl’s great triumph is that she is who she is in spite of–and because of–her humanity and vulnerability.

But I agree with the other reviews that say the ending is perfect. Indeed it is.

Both books inspire me. Both books made me very happy. I want to buy copies for every young woman I know and even every young woman I don’t.

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