My Thoughts on Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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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.


One thought on “My Thoughts on Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

    Nikita said:
    June 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    This is more than a book, or even the world’ longest letter. It’s a story about living life and coping with pain, loss, suffering. It’s about joy, simple and beautiful, that comes from just appreciating the world, celebrating the solstice or the arrival of spring. And how the people around you are almost always so much more than what you can see.

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