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Love, Stargirl

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Peek into Stargirl's diary in this moody sequel.
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Positive messages

A lovely, thoughtful message about staying true to yourself.

Positive role models

Stargirl is thoughtful towards others, and is always herself.

Violence

A fistfight.

Sex

A kiss, and a little boy moons his sister.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Some candy products mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pipe smoking.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Jerry Spinelli
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date:August 14, 2007
Number of pages:288

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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 and insight beyond her years! This really touched me. By far Sinelli's best work.
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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 is perceived a different time each time read. I read it when I was younger (maybe 9 or 10), and I only recently picked up a copy again and found myself enthralled with her thinking in a whole different way. Appropriate for near all ages (I restrict it to 8 because some of the vocabulary may be hard to understand, and the message can be tough), although not a very good "group read". Teaches the importance of friendship and solitude. Gets you thinking. My favorite book.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bybookwormwriter August 21, 2011

Great Writing

This was a really good book. I liked it better than Stargirl, though I'm not sure why. I read it quite a while ago, so I don't remember much, but I do remember loving it. Spinelli is a writer that had managed to earn my respect and attention. I relate very well to Stargirl, and with books, very few authors manage to make their main characters very eccentric. I love this book, and the only reason I wouldn't recommend it to someone else is because I want to keep it for myself. Happy reading! :)
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