Love, Stargirl

Love, Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli

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Overview

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
 
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375856440
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Stargirl Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 26,478
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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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.

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Love, Stargirl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 353 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
Not as good as first book. Still recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. So was the first bok. I am so glad they made a sequal. Now they need to make a third book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This delightful home schooled girl, who calls herself Stargirl, writes a letter that will never be sent to the boy who dumped her and who now lives in another state. I particularly enjoyed her Calendar Hill project, where she created her own winter solstice calendar by planting spatulas in the ground every Thursday morning at sunrise to create an arc that traced the sun's movement.
ethelmertz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book, Stargirl doesn't seem as wacky when she is the protagonist. When will Stargirl and Leo reunite?
madelinelbaker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a good example of realistic fiction because Jerry Spinelli continues with the character Stargirl from a previous novel "Stargirl". The character stargirl is a fictional character, but the events that take place could happen and Spinelli uses these events to show the readers how to move on even after a broken heart, because people do really get their hearts broken.
skier123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stargirl is a very well-written novel about a girl and her friend. Will she fit in?
amspicer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love, Stargirl is a sequel to Jerry Spinelli's book, 'Stargirl'. The difference here is that unlike the first book, this love story is now only showing one side which leaves the reader to determine how Leo is feeling and would be responding. By reading this 'letter' that Stargirl is writing the reader can identify her wacky, unique characteristics which I believe makes it nearly impossible to not fall in love with her. This is a great novel and an easy read :)