Love, Stargirl

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

A lovely, thoughtful message about staying true to yourself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Stargirl is thoughtful towards others, and is always herself.

Violence

A fistfight.

Sex

A kiss, and a little boy moons his sister.

Language
Consumerism

Some candy products mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pipe smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that for a young adult novel there is little of concern here -- a kiss, a brief kid fight, some candy, and pipe smoking by an adult.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJeri-Lyn F. June 26, 2011

Bright, strong and independent-what more can a girl be?

In this sequel, Stargirl might not be as confident as she was in the earlier novel, but we begin to know her much better through her letter to Leo. She is still... Continue reading
Parent Written bySuvorov October 21, 2013

Good Sequel

In all honesty, I debated between three and four stars with this one. Love, Stargirl is a letter from Stargirl to Leo, written in the form of a diary of sorts.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAthena Keene May 6, 2011

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME FOREVER AND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it had me smiling through mny tears. Stargirl is a teenage gilr with love compasion a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byManami July 9, 2011

A Neo-Classic

The poetic way that Stargirl speaks really spoke to me. It deals with the sense of heartbreak, loss, and betrayal found in the end of the last installment, and... Continue reading

What's the story?

Stargirl, living now in Pennsylvania, tells her own story this time, in "the world's longest letter," which is actually a series of journal entries. New in town, homeschooled, and feeling rejected by Leo, the 16-year-old narrator of the first book who had fallen under her spell, she is lonely and sad -- her "happy wagon," where she keeps stones representing her level of happiness, is almost empty.

But this eccentric extrovert begins to meet new people, and Stargirl's life soon includes a little girl, a middle-aged agoraphobic, the donut lady, a crabby tween, an elderly man who spends all his time at his wife's grave, and a possible delinquent. But she's still pining for Leo.

Is it any good?

In LOVE, STARGIRL, Stargirl is a lot less confident than she seemed in the first book. She spends a good portion of the book pining for Leo, and feeling depressed and sad. Gone, for the most part, is that magically effervescent spirit that made her such an intriguing mystery. In its place is a more realistic girl with whom the reader can identify.

It's unusual for a sequel to be so unlike its predecessor -- the characters (except for Stargirl herself), mood, tone, setting, point of view, and writing style are all different. But Spinelli has never been one to follow the beaten path. Readers who were hoping for something similar in tone and feeling to the first book may be disappointed, but those who wanted to bring Stargirl down to Earth and get to know her a bit will be thrilled.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Stargirl's eccentric education.

  • What is she learning?

  • Is she missing out on anything by not going to

  • school and not having classes at home?

  • What does she gain by not going

  • to a regular school?

  • Why is she so lonely, even surrounded by people

  • who care about her?

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