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Love, Stargirl

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by Jerry Spinelli

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The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli’s modern-day classic Stargirl!

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


The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli’s modern-day classic Stargirl!

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.

Don’t miss Jerry Spinelli’s latest novel, The Warden’s Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out.
“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Paula Rohrlick
In this sequel to Stargirl, the free-spirited, openhearted title character gets to tell her own story in the form of "the World's Longest Letter" to her ex-boyfriend Leo. It's really more of a series of journal entries as delightfully offbeat Stargirl tells of events over the course of a year in her new home in a small town in Pennsylvania, far away from Arizona and Leo. She's lonely and pining for him, but soon meets some entertainingly wacky neighbors, from impudent five-year-old Dootsie to angry adolescent Alvina, kind but agrophobic Betsy Lou, widowed Charlie, who talks to his dead wife in the graveyard daily, and handsome Perry, a thief who almost steals Stargirl's heart. The winter solstice project that this kind, home schooled, hippie-ish 15-year-old undertakes brings together all her new friends, and helps to bring hope back into her life, too. Fans of Stargirl will be charmed by this satisfying sequel.
VOYA - Vikki Terrile
One of Spinelli's most memorable characters returns her to tell her own story. Nearly a year after leaving Arizona and Leo Borlock behind, Stargirl, homeschooling again in Pennsylvania, is trying to get past her high school experience. Unable to forget her love for Leo, she writes him the world's longest letter and shares her life without him. In her debut novel, Stargirl was magical, as alien as her fellow students thought her to be. In this book, she is both as extraordinary as expected and surprisingly real. Readers who loved her as the free-spirited object of Leo's conflicted affections will see the heartbroken but enduring Stargirl as a friend, a character to whom they can relate. Spinelli fills the novel with unforgettable characters-six-year-old Dootsie, agoraphobic divorcee Betty Lou, and Alvina, a fierce and confused tween. The other teens in the novel regrettably are the least interesting. Perry, perhaps the boy who will replace Leo in Stargirl's heart, is an alleged bad-boy, with a fan club of bright, funny girls, but he, like Leo, is never so spectacular that readers can understand the fascination. Although the letter format adds little to the story, this book completes the touching and inspiring story of Spinelli's beloved heroine, and readers who have been unable to forget her in the seven years since she appeared are sure to be eager to meet her again.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-10
In Jerry Spinelli's sequel (Knopf, 2007) to Stargirl (Knopf, 2000), Stargirl and her family have moved from Arizona and are living in Pennsylvania. Listeners join Stargirl a year after she was dumped by her boyfriend, Leo. Stargirl shares her life through her self-proclaimed "world's longest letter" to Leo, introducing several eccentric people: Dootsie, a precocious six-year-old girl; Betty Lou, an agoraphobic divorcee; Alvina, a lively 11-year-old girl with an occasional temper; and the mysterious Perry, a boy who often evokes unsettling emotions in Stargirl. With experiences that bring alternating happiness and sadness, Stargirl begins to find acceptance. On occasion, parts of the letter drag a bit. Mandy Siegfried gives each character a unique voice, and her perfectly pitched and well-timed narration brings listeners into Stargirl's world. While a familiarity with the first novel would be helpful, this sequel does stand on its own.-Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

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Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Susan "Stargirl" Caraway has moved to Pennsylvania, but as independent and free-spirited as she is, she can't seem to let go of Arizona and her old boyfriend Leo Borlock. She's lonely, even in the midst of a loving family and a colorful cast of characters in her new town. There's five-year-old spitfire Dootsie, agoraphobic Betty Lou, angry Alvina, Margie the donut queen and mysterious Perry, a potential new boy in Stargirl's life. As much as readers will relish this community and wish Stargirl would get on with her life there and forget mooning over Leo, she can't seem to, and the whole leisurely paced novel is "the world's longest letter" to him. Humor, graceful writing, lively characters and important lessons about life will make this a hit with fans of Stargirl (2000) and anyone who likes a quiet, reflective novel. Those meeting Stargirl here for the first time will want to read the previous work to see if Leo is worthy of her devotion. (Fiction. 11-14)
From the Publisher
"Humor, graceful writing, lively characters, and important lessons about life will make this a hit with fans of Stargirl." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred 

"Brilliant. . . . As charming and unique as its sensitive, nonconformist heroine." — School Library Journal

"Anyone who loved Jerry Spinelli's beautiful, poignant young adult novel Stargirl is in for a treat with his latest novel.  Anyone who survived or is enduring the teenage years will repeatedly recognize him or herself in these pages—and find the book hard to put down." — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Touching and inspiring." — VOYA

"The many readers who loved the first book will embrace this sequel." — Booklist

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Random House Children's Books
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5.78(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.01(d)
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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January 1

Dear Leo,

I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1.

And what better way to celebrate this New Year’s Day than to begin writing a letter to my once (and future?) boyfriend.

I found something today. Something special. The thing is, it’s been right in front of me ever since we moved here last year, but today is the first time I really saw it. It’s a field. A plain old vacant field. No house in view except a little white stucco bungalow off to the right. It’s a mile out of town, a one-minute bike ride from my house. It’s on a hill—the flat top of a hill shaped like an upside-down frying pan. It used to be a pick-your-own-strawberries patch, but now it grows only weeds and rocks.

The field is on the other side of Route 113, which is where my street (Rapps Dam Road) dead-ends. I’ve biked past this field a hundred times, but for some reason today I stopped. I looked at it. I parked my bike and walked into it. The winter weeds were scraggly and matted down, like my hair in the morning. The frozen ground was cloddy and rock-hard. The sky was gray. I walked to the center and just stood there.

And stood.

How can I explain it? Alone, on the top of that hill, in the middle of that “empty” field (Ha!—write this down, Leo: nothing is empty), I felt as if the universe radiated from me, as if I were standing on the X that marked the center of the cosmos. Until then I had done my daily meditation in many different places in and around town, but never here. Now I did. I sat down. I barely noticed the cold ground. I held my hands on my thighs, palms up to the world. I closed my eyes and dissolved out of myself. I now call it washing my mind.

The next thing I noticed was a golden tinge beyond my eyelids. I opened my eyes. The sun was seeping through the clouds. It was setting over the treetops in the west. I closed my eyes again and let the gold wash over me.

Night was coming on when I got up. As I headed for my bike, I knew I had found an enchanted place.

January 3

Oh, Leo, I’m sad. I’m crying. I used to cry a lot when I was little. If I stepped on a bug I’d burst into tears. Funny thing—I was so busy crying for everything else, I never cried for myself. Now I cry for me.

For you.

For us.

And now I’m smiling through my tears. Remember the first time I saw you? In the lunchroom? I was walking toward your table. Your eyes—that’s what almost stopped me in my tracks. They boggled. I think it wasn’t just the sight of me—long frontier dress, ukulele sticking out of my sunflower shoulder sack—it was something else too. It was terror. You knew what was coming. You knew I was going to sing to someone, and you were terrified it might be you. You quick looked away, and I breezed on by and didn’t stop until I found Alan Ferko and sang “Happy Birthday” to him. But I felt your eyes on me the whole time, Leo. Oh yes! Every second. And with every note I sang to Alan Ferko I thought: Someday I’m going to sing to that boy with the terrified eyes. I never did sing to you, Leo, not really. You, of all people. It’s my biggest regret. . . . Now, see, I’m sad again.

January 10

As I said last week, I wash my mind all over the place. Since the idea—and ideal—is to erase myself from wherever and whenever I am, I think I should not allow myself to become too attached to any one location, not even Enchanted Hill, as I call it now, or to any particular time of day or night.

So that’s why this morning I was riding my bike in search of a new place to meditate. Cinnamon was hitching a ride in my pocket. As I rode past a cemetery a splash of brightness caught my eye. It was a man sitting in a chair in front of a gravestone. At least I think it was a man, he was so bundled up against the cold. The bright splash was the red and yellow plaid scarf he wore around his neck. He seemed to be talking.

Before long I found myself back near my house, in a park called Bemus. I climbed onto a picnic table and got into my meditation position. (OK, back up . . . I’m homeschooling again. Gee, I wonder why—my Mica High School experience went so well! Ha ha. So I have to meet all the state requirements, right?—math, English, etc. Which I do. But I don’t stop there. I have other courses too. Unofficial ones. Like Principles of Swooning. Life Under Rocks. Beginner’s Whistling. Elves. We call it our shadow curriculum. ((Don’t tell the State of—oops, almost told you what state I’m living in.)) My favorite shadow subject is Elements of Nothingness. That’s where the mind wash comes in. Totally wiping myself out. Erasing myself. (((Remember the lesson I gave you in the desert?))) Which, when you think about it, is really not nothing. I mean, when I’m really doing it right, getting myself totally erased, I’m the opposite of nothing—I’m everything. I’m everything but myself. I’ve evaporated like water vapor into the universe. I am no longer Stargirl. I am tree. Wind. Earth.)

OK, sorry for the detour (and parenthetical overkill). . . . So there I was, sitting cross-legged on the picnic table, eyes closed, washing my mind (and getting school credit for it!), and suddenly I felt something on my eyelid. Probably a bug, I thought, and promptly washed away the thought, and the something on my eyelid just became part of everything else. But then the something moved. It traced across my eyelid and went down my nose and around the outline of my lips.

Meet the Author

JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.

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Love, Stargirl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 316 reviews.
NathalieVC More than 1 year ago
I read the first one as an english assignment and I just fell in love with it. I searched up the book and I saw that there was a second book! I bought it and read it so fast my parents love boasting about it. I fell in love with Stargirl and wanted to be as unique as her. That boy she had a crush on was so cute, mysterious, and dreamy I wish I met someone like him.
MLSRUN1211 More than 1 year ago
"Love, Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli is amazing! It is such a great self-confidence booster and a happy story! The book is mostly from the main character, Stargirl's, point of view. She is writing the longest letter ever to her ex-boyfriend, Leo. It is kind of like a journal. The conflict is that she found another boy that she thinks she loves but she still loves Leo in her heart. The author's purpose is to entertain you with an exciting sequel to Stargirl, and he did a great job! It was so entertaining I couldn't put it down! If you are a Jerry Spinelli fan or just liked Stargirl, you must read this book! The grade level is about 6th to 8th grade but that doesn't mean you can't read it if you are older or younger! This is a book for anyone. But I will warn you. You have to read Stargirl before this or you won't understand Love, Stargirl. Enjoy reading an awesome book!
SecretRin More than 1 year ago
I think that Perry is a good new character to have. Again I want Stargirl's life. I want everything to be so simple. I want everyone to be so open-minded. I want to live in a small town where everyone has a family dinner everyday. I want everyone to know eachother. I want to live in a town where I'm not afraid that I'm gonna get hurt 'cuz of what is on the news. I wanna live without clocks. I want to feel special. Again, what I want, not what I need. What I really need is to read this over and over and over and over. Maybe I will be less jealous. But this girl who sat next to me in math (maybe one of the most awesomest people on this planet, she just doesn't care what people say or think, she is herself and no one will ever break her.) She made a river for me, then she made a bridge, then she made a girl. Yes in class, and they were made out of paper. Anyway, I looked at it, and I set it up, and I wrote on them. I don't know why, but I just automatically thought of this. I wrote Stargirl on the paper with the girl, Perry on the bridge, and Leo on the river. Here is the reasoning behind this: Stargirl used to be walking along the river of Leo. He was always changing. He thought she was crazy. He thought she was beautiful. He wanted her to change. He wanted her to stay the same. He was her boyfriend. He was her nothing. He wants her to be different. HE wants to be different. She is just watching it all. Then, she has to move on, and she sees the Bridge of Perry. And she gets on. She is sad and looks over the edge, so she never really forgets Mr. Arizona Leo, but Perry is here now, as she says, and he is there for a reason, to support her here. To show her what love used to feel like. He is helping her across this River of Leo. But she stops in the middle. Perry is the bridge, because he is stiff. He thinks that he loves her, but he thinks that he loves others too. He thinks that he has to change, but he doesn't know how. He isn't up for it. And eventually, the bridge will break, the bricks will fall, and as Stargirl falls with them, she knows that it wasn't stable for her, and in she falls. Into the River of Leo. She knew that he would protect her. He was there. It is said that you can never step into the same river twice. He has changed. She knows it. And being in the flow of him again, felt good to her. But she knows that Perry was kind for trying to help, but bridges break, and fall, and crumble, but her River of Leo will be there forever. And she can feel it. * That was completely my own mind just spilling out there, and now my wrist hurts...XD I'm not a parent, I'm 13, =) I hope you don't mind. I agree that the relationship between them was kinda dry, but a good kind of dry... Thanks for reading...=)
MissLebron More than 1 year ago
The book Love,stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a book that i recommend for everyone to enjoy. Love,Stargirl is a book would want to read over and over. Stargirl is a girl who is different from normal teens. She met this boy Leo Borlock that she falls in love with. They got to know each other and ended up being a couple as in boyfriend and girlfriend type. It started out going well until he started avoiding Stargirl. so Stargirl left to Pennsylvania and writes the worlds longest letter to him. The letter is more like a journal. Stargirl writes about her time in Pennsylvania,the people,the things she do,and about the summer and winter solstice.When you read the first letter you would not be able to stop. I enjoyed reading Jerry Spinelli's books. Love,Stargirl would be the thrid book I've read from him. I just love them all and i look forward jerry Spinelli. Next time you're at a book store or library make sure you get Love,Stargirl.
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
I would have given this a better review if it were not the sequel to Stargirl. But, it is. The thing about Stargirl that I love in the first book is that she's a free spirit. She does things most people would never consider doing, and she's really nice. But in this book she's, well, mostly normal. More like Susan than Stargirl. (For people that haven't read Stargirl, Susan is her real name.) Jerry Spinelli only managed to paint a shade of Stargirl. And the plot wasn't that captivating either. I gave it three stars because I did hold some interest to the book in some parts. But I am not sure if I'd recommend this at all. I suppose people who read Stargirl MIGHT like this. It's about a 50/50 chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read stargirl at school i loooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve the story the end always makes me cry i fisished it today i even read it 2 i really want to read love stargirl. I reccemend stargirl and proably this one. Happy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Stargirl. it was one of the best books i had ever read, and when 'Love, Stargirl' came out, I was soooo excited!...too bad i was somewhat dissapointed. The relationship between Perry and Stargirl was too dry and left you hanging unlike the first book. Also, some of the characters got really annoying (i'm sorry Dootsie and Alvina), and i thought the characters were such a let-down in this book. The only reason i rated it 3 stars intstead of 2 was because the book had its moments here and there. It also got soooooo annoying when she went on and on about missing Leo, and then, even though she was still missing him, she says 'Well, Perry's here, and Leo's there so why not?' I don't really recommend you read this book. Don't think it's gonna be all about Leo and Stargirl, Leo is hardly mentioned by other characters except for Stargirl, and even toward the end, she wasn't mentioning him as much. Again, it had it's moments, but otherwise, it wasn't very enjoyable, and it took me about 2 weeks to finish, whereas Stargirl took me 2 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, stargirl was a REALLY good book. it's about stargirl's life after she leaves Arizona and moves to Pennsylvania. The whole story is basically her writing to Leo about how much she misses him, and about her new life there. She has a best friend who's five years-old, and befriends a boy called Perry. Life would be pretty good for stargirl,except, the whole time in the book, stargirl misses Leo. A lot. this book was really good. The only reason it's rated four stars, though, is that at lots of points in the story, I got lost on what was happening. Also, some of the characters were sort of...corny. Other than that, this book was great! I recommend it a LOT!:)
OLLLLLIVIA More than 1 year ago
This book was amzing! I read the first book which was outstanding and didn't think this book could be better, but i was soooo wrong! In this book Stargirl moves to Pennslivaina and makes a bunch of new friends inculding Dooties, Charile, Alvina, and of course Perry who she later starts to like. But don't worry I wont ruin the end for you. This book has fantasic literature! Read Love, Stargirl and you will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I miss the old Stargirl. This one seemed so unsure of herself, and so....normal. It ruined the first book for me. Besides that I felt embarrassed for Stargirl beacuse she was moping for Leo all the time. It was just sad. I recommend it to those who have read Stargirl, but only for the information. Dootsie is hilarious!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Very funny and thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you are that type of person who is crazy and different and you really want to find a story that matches that quality, then this book is here ready for you to read it. as you go out through the story you will have some laughs,tears,moments where you are like what!? and others where you will just fall even more in love with this book. i have to say that when i read this book in my 5 th grade class i fell in love with the book and so did the rest of the class. we are all pretty sure you will fall in love witgit too
sunshineandlollipops More than 1 year ago
Read this if you've read the first book. It's diary and amazing!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi is an amazing book with unforgettable characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a beautiful book about love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great choice. Not only was there a non cliche high school plot (lol) there was actual humor and relativity to the average students life. Enjoy! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jerry Spinelli has really done it. This book was absolutely unique. The writing was phenomenal and the main character, Stargirl is not like many girls. She is different, but in a good way. I read the first book, and it is both very interesting and good. It is a very special 274 page letter from Stargirl to someone special to her. You have to read the book to find out. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I'm being a tad bit unfair, but if Spinelli's going to write a follow-up to his most powerful work . . . well, it had better be almost as perfect as the original. 'Love, Stargirl' is a very entertaining read but lacks much of the beauty and mystery of 'Stargirl.' Four gripes: 1)Some of it is a bit too predictable I'm looking at you, agoraphobic Betty Lou. 2)The story is told from Stargirl's point-of-view. Strange, magical, and wise characters (Stargirl, The Little Prince, Charlotte) are best revealed to us through narrators as plain and uninitiated as the reader (Leo Borlock, the Aviator, Wilbur). By reading her diary/letter and experiencing characters even more bizarre than she . . . well, our beloved Stargirl starts to become a bit ordinary. The original painted her as alien, completely oblivious to society's rules for better or worse. The sequel contradicts this picture constantly. 3)I find her buddy Dootsie to be completely insufferable. 4)I still have no clue as to what the hell she sees in Leo. Perhaps this is Spinelli's design, though. All in all, I did enjoy this book. It just doesn't sniff the brilliance of the original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sample was goodI think that she might end up meeting Leo. I hope so. I think it is a little boring but rather good. Starhil is back!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning more about StarGirl. I liked seeing how her life went after she left Arizona. I liked the format of the book being letters as well. It made it interesting and unique like Stargirl herself. I still felt the ending was bittersweet and it would have been nice to get a more "happy" ending, but at the same time, it was nice to have things up in the air a bit too. It lets the reader decide what happens next. I'll definitely want to read more by this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read stargirl and when I found out that there was a sequel, i was so happy. I want to be just like stargirl and to be that outgoing as she is. They are amazing books and you should read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!# excellent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like it all the way up top yo sup dud
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I just want them to kiss again, it was sweet ;-)