January 24, 2010

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Date Started: Jan 24, 2010
Date Finished: Jan 26, 2010

Summary: After Stargirl's adventures in Arizona come to an end, she and her family move to Pennsylvania where new adventures can take place. Stargirl meets all the people in her new neighborhood that are more accepting of Stargirl's uniqueness. She meets the lovable and precocious six year old Dootsie, a shut-in named Betty-Lou, Perry and the Honeybees and many other characters that shape Stargirl's world and her thoughts about the situations she gets involved in.

Likes: I read the original Stargirl years ago, but the sequel or rather companion novel still alludes to the first novel without being completely obvious. I enjoyed this book and it was fun to see a story where Stargirl's antics are enjoyed during the whole course of the book and not until the end. All of the characters are well rounded, even though we get glimpses and snapshots of some of the characters such as Charlie and Arnold. We get a lot of the story through snapshots of the days and events, but all the characters are well written and interesting, but flawed through these small little glimpses that we get through Stargirl's journal entries or the longest letter in the world to Leo.

Dislikes: There wasn't much that I didn't like about this book. Dootsie is a little annoying at times, but her cuteness outshines her irritating qualities. I wish there could be more about Perry and Stargirl, but it is clear that Stargirl still loves Leo, which is sweet.

Overall: This was a cute book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd recommend reading (or re-reading) the first book, Stargirl, before reading the second and decide whether Stargirl's love of Leo is warranted and even deserved. It was a light read that takes you along slowly on one girl's adventures about the town and coming-of-age in a new and unique place. It was good to hear Stargirl's side of the story this time.


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