Love, Stargirl

Love, Stargirl

by Jerry Spinelli
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Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375856440
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 44,642
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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Love, Stargirl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 317 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.
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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
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