If I had stumbled into the library and found Love, Stargirl on the bookshelf and took it home with me and devoured it over the course of a few bitterly cold January nights, I know I would have loved it. The longest letter ever, Stargirl’s journal for an entire year, is a great story full of love and the power of being an unselfishly great friend.
Unfortunately, I did not stumble upon Love, Stargirl at the library. I read Stargirl first and wanted so much more from this book!
Stargirl, told from Leo’s perspective, portrays Stargirl in an amazing light. She is a quirky dresser, a fabulous public speaker, a kind friend, a generous spirit. Being in her head is not as much fun. We do not hear about her crazy outfits or strange antics because we are in her head. It loses a little bit of its magic.
And Stargirl ended with such promise, a new porcupine tie!, that I hoped Love, Stargirl would give some insight onto how these two great characters would cross paths again.
On its own, Love, Stargirl is a great book, but it is only a shadow of the original.