Book Reviews

Book Review: Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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’m a bit mixed on this sequel to Stargirl, a book I fell in love with this summer. I’m not big on books written in diary form, and Love, Stargirl is a long letter written to her lost love, Leo.

I found myself more frustrated with the character and some of her decisions. I realized that one huge difference was Stargirl was told from Leo’s point of view (POV), whereas Love, Stargirl is told in Stargirl’s voice. Although the character remained true between both stories, the POV change jarred me, unexpectedly.

I was frustrated with this book – here is Stargirl, pouring her heart out into this letter that is gagging-ly gushy about Leo. I dislike gush. I got bored with her pining. Then had to admit that some teen girls are like this in their diaries and to be so boy-focused isn’t really unusual and maybe I just didn’t like Jerry Spinelli exposing that. I’m not sure. But she did seem over-the-top.

On the other hand, I loved Betty Lou who hadn’t left her house in nine years. And Perry was intriguing and even Alvina grew on me. Charlie was a beautiful character.

I appreciated getting her insight into the events from a year ago with Leo, there were many references to the original story. And I liked the way it ended.

I’m a bit on the fence about recommending this book.

My other reviews of books by Jerry Spinelli:
Report to the Principal’s Office

This is an unsolicited review, I purchased this copy through Amazon.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (April 28 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856440

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