[Reading] ➿ Love, Stargirl ➶ Jerry Spinelli – Peakpopa.info

Love, Stargirl I was so excited when I heard this was coming out SO EXCITED I m sorry to say, though, that I actually kind of hated it Stargirl herself is kind of lame All she does is moons over Leo and acts vaguely obnoxious Why doesn t she have any friends her own age The side characters are supposed to be wacky, but they just come off as forced Also, they all seemed like less good versions of characters from Maniac Magee Dootsie feels like a bad Hester and Lester, and Alvina is a poor man s Piper and Russell Betty Lou is an agoraphobic Grayson Perry isn t like a character from another book, but I struggle to understand what Stargirl sees in him I mean, he litters And the Honeybees are idiots And I get a little mad thinking about them.I love Jerry Spinelli, but I think this one is a miss I m so disappointed I really liked Stargirl, so I was excited to read this sequel But at first I found it unnerving to be reading Stargirl s point of view, her first person narrative, instead of Leo s Stargirl in Stargirl had seemed a character in a story, but Stargirl in Love, Stargirl was suddenly a person, and at first I didn t like that Reading her actual thoughts, and her reactions to her thoughts, removed her aura of mystery and magic and left her a real, thinking, feeling, human girl But maybe that s the real charm of Stargirl even though we re normal human beans, to quote Stargirl s 6 year old new friend Dootsie, we can still share magic with those around us.These are things Stargirl did that I particularly liked wrote a book length letter to her old boyfriend that she sometimes wanted him to see and sometimes didn t got rid of watches and clocks at home but made her own calendar by marking the points of sunrise in an empty field once a week I really liked the poem she wrote about time, too continued to keep track of her level of happiness by placing pebbles in or removing them from her happy wagon It s an intriguing idea, quantifying happiness I think it would make you aware of your feelings, which could make you enjoy your good times or realize how it s usually the little things that make you put in or take out a pebble But if you got compulsive about it, that would be bad witnessed and celebrated the appearance of the vanilla scented flower on her friend Betty Lou s night blooming cereus that blooms just one night a year I wanted to be there with them ate donuts frequently enough to enjoy them, but sparingly enough to appreciate them What book isn t made better when the characters get to eat freshly made donuts Didn t love it.Stargirl was such a totally charming book Open ended somewhat, and I wanted to know what happened next.This is a sequel, I guess, a what happens sort of next and this time it s narrated by Stargirl But it isn t the same Stargirl of the first book All of the things Stargirl does and has done for years are absent here There are flashes of Stargirl behavior, it s like this girl is a Stargirl wannabe who is sort of faking it.I was disappointed that it didn t even reach as far in time as the end of Stargirl which sort of zips forward fifteen years in the last chapter and so there s no real resolution to that book And it throws in so many bizarre things that weren t in Stargirl The characters are neither as real life nor as endearing.True confessions I skipped probably a third of the book, just decided to skip ahead and see if it was ever going to get to the part I wanted it to The quirky situations and characters that had nothing to do with the original story I loved weren t enough to keep me interested I m utterly unfulfilled Love, Stargirl Stargirl, 2 , Jerry SpinelliLove, Stargirl is a 2007 young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli The book is the sequel to the New York Times bestselling book, Stargirl, and centers on the world s longest letter in diary form It picks up where the previous novel left off after Stargirl left Mica High and describes her bittersweet memories in the town of Mica, Arizona along with the involvements of new people in her life, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 2016 1388 300 9789642980765 1392 21 I was already worried about the premise of this book when I started reading it What I loved about the original Stargirl is the mystery behind the exuberant, eccentric stranger who comes into Leo s life and turns everything upside down The first book is about not conforming to expectations, being true to yourself, putting other people first, and learning to see beyond yourself Archie even explains that star people are not meant to be understood by the rest of us.So, why would I want to read a book from Stargirl s perspective When I first started Love, Stargirl I was disappointed to read that she was a normal teenage girl who was pining over Leo, humiliated by his betrayal at the school dance, and barely noticing all of the unique people around her But, I kept reading and as Stargirl started to find herself again with an assist by the loveable Archie I started to love her again I suppose even star people need a break to collect themselves every once in a while. I loved this book just as much as Stargirl Oh gosh, Stargirl is so precious I want her to stay that way forever, please never let her change Again, some truly beautiful and lyrical lines in this book and plenty of annotated and tabbed passages as Stargirl writes letters to Leo and navigates a new life for herself away from him It s a stunning look at getting over a first love, moving on while also nurturing that hope that someday, somehow, your paths will cross again and your love may work the second time around It s beautiful, absolutely heartbreakingly and soul nurturing beautiful I don t want to spoil the plot by quoting any of my faces but oh, guys, it s great There s still the classic Stargirl randomness and quirk that endears you to her, the community building and giving nature that Stargirl is famous for but she s growing, maturing even , into this amazing woman and I loved seeing that in this book Absolutely loved it. Dear Stargirl,You left me asking e tu Stargirl I loved the first book about you and was excited to dive into this sequel written in letter diary form by you You were an amazing role model for young girls your age in your first book as an independent, free spirited and eccentric girl Even though you were different than other kids you were charming and I felt drawn to you That s why I was so disappointed that you spent almost half of your next book pining over Leo back in Arizona I guess I m not very sympathetic, but I am tired of reading about girls your age that get overly obsessed and whining over boys i.e Bella I guess I expected you to be well, you It seems like even if you were feeling bad about a boy that you wouldn t lose yourself in the process I was sad that you did My daughter read both of your books and I was hoping that we could continue to have discussions about what it means to be yourself, about following the crowd, and about finding your own star Now with this second book I m finding we will have a very different discussion.By the end of the book you started to come around and in the process the book got a bit interesting But, it was all a little too late for me Love,Julia s MomP.S If book three is love, marriage and the baby carriage for Stargirl and Leo then I will take back my letter and review. Light, enjoyable and quite fun But, I enjoyed the first book about Stargirl sooo much. God, I am so elated right now I just finished this book and it was, I am happy to say, just as extrordinary as the first.You know, I started reading this because I m a senior in high school and I m tired of assigned books of Great Literature Don t get me wrong, The Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite novels ever, but I wanted something lighter and when I heard Stargirl, the book that WAS my sixth grade had a sequelwell, I ran out and got it.And I loved it Oh god, do I love this book It s as magical, sweet, emotional and zany as the first book, if not so We hear the titular heroine speak, as you ve probably noted from other reviews and she s really everything we could expect She s never cloying, trite, or too fished up from the sixties she is, as she would have us percieve her, entirely Stargirl Caraway.I don t understand the complaints that she s somehow diluted in this book she s as ukulele strumming and rat toting as usual, she smashes all the clocks in the house for god s sake and the book s climax takes place during her 5 AM Winter Solstice party But beyond that, people are saying she s turned into this moon eyed teenager, pining for her white knight to come home, and to that I say bullshit a word that does appear in this book, though in a less abrasive way This reminds me of another book for young readers that s read by all ages anyway yes, Harry Potter When the sixth book came out, I knew a few people that railed against Hermione, the smart, pragmatic one, going all weepy over a boy Oh, heavens and calamity, no I m not going to lie, Stargirl spends a good chunk of this book upset over the loss of Leo or Starboy, as she once addresses him and yeah, the book is essentially a massive letter diary to him But so what She can t bewell, a teenage girl One of the core components of her character is that she s intensely emotional and besides that dreamy when she falls for a boy, she s going to fall hard and she does This doesn t mean she isn t the fairylike Ondine hee hee we ve come to love frankly, I liked that it humanized her If we hadn t seen this sighing girl within, she would ve been a bit too enchanting, crossing that line into Role Model for Grade Schoolers and yeahthat would ve sucked So psshhh to all of the qualms with her feelings they were some of the best parts of the book in my opinion.Oh yeah Dootsie was cute too Go read this book. 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 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 LifeIn Love, Stargirl, We Hear The Voice Of Stargirl Herself As She Reflects On Time, Life, Leo, And Of Course Love From The Hardcover Edition


About the Author: Jerry Spinelli

When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player Lucky for us he became a writer instead.He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University He has published than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 not much older than the hero of his


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