Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Title: Love, Stargirl
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Narrator: Mandy Siegfried
Genre: YA fiction
ISBN: 9780739361030
Length: 6.25 hours
Published: 2007
Source: public library
Rating: 4/5
Resolutions/Challenges: none

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts: I think that Love, Stargirl seems pretty much an entirely separate entity from Stargirl. There seems to be little that connects the two. Of course, there’s Stargirl and her parents. And she’s writing a letter to Leo–but it reads more like a diary–and sometimes references her life in Mica, Arizona. But other than that, this could be it’s own standalone book.

And Stargirl does appear to be more “normal” in this story. Maybe it’s because the story is from her own perspective–it’s not a bunch of teenagers judging another (slightly different) teenager. She has an eclectic group of friends, but appeared “normal” to me. This “normalcy” made the story lose a little of what it was I liked about the first one.

Also, this book didn’t really have any message, as far as I could see. Perhaps the message I saw in Stargirl was just so blatantly obvious and something that I think is really important for young adults. I wasn’t exactly expecting a message to this story, but there really and truly appeared to be little importance to the story. Almost like it had no point. But, it’s important to remember that just because it’s a book doesn’t mean it has to have any point. It can be just a story, like a movie.

And because the story was entertaining, I like it 🙂


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