Friday, August 14, 2009

Book Review: Stargirl and Love, Stargirl

I picked up STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli from the bargain bin at Borders. I thought the cover was cute. I started reading and couldn't put it down. The character of Stargirl is such a great one. She knows who she is and what she likes and isn't afraid to be herself. I highly admire her for that. I wish I could've been like that in high school.


Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.


I loved LOVE, STARGIRL, almost as much as the first. She and her family leave town. This story is written in stories, written to Leo, the boy she loved and left behind. Like the first, it's such a sweet story. There's happy moments, sad moments, and moments in between.

Both stories were great. This is one of the first YA books I read that wasn't fantasy. They were fairly simple stories without much mystery and very little conflict. There also wasn't much of a build-up and climax. But despite that I highly recommend these. Be sure to pick up both when you can. You won't be disappointed.


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.

Love, Stargirl, we hear the voice of Stargirl herself as she reflects on time, life, Leo, and—of course—love.


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