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Love, Stargirl

(Stargirl #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  40,221 ratings  ·  3,384 reviews
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, wi ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Anna This book is much slower and stargirl isn't as captivating as in the first book, so it isn't as good. But has it's moments. I think you should give it…moreThis book is much slower and stargirl isn't as captivating as in the first book, so it isn't as good. But has it's moments. I think you should give it a go.(less)

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Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: owned
I just finished Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. And I have not been able to pick up another book because I don't want to lose the feeling of satisfaction that came from finishing it. At first, I didn't think that this book could be as good as it's "prequel" Stargirl, but not I'm hard-pressed to say which was better.

Love, Stargirl picks up where Stargirl left off. She has left Mica High in Arizona and, more importantly, her boyfriend Leo. The story reads as a year-long letter to Leo as Stargirl
Ahmad Sharabiani
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2), Jerry Spinelli

Love, 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.

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Dec 15, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: probably no one
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 t
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
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 sequel...well, I ran out and got it.

And I loved it. Oh god, do I love this book. It's
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-teen
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 more 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' ...more
J-Lynn Van Pelt
Nov 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Jerry Spinelli and Stargirl
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
Julie Zantopoulos
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
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 t
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Light, enjoyable and quite fun. But, I enjoyed the first book about Stargirl sooo much more.
Yas (𝗈𝗇 𝗁𝗂𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗌 !!)
Nothing in this book even remotely lined up with the original Stargirl.

She acted like a 5 year old in this book, and it was practically impossible for me to think of her as the 16 year old she was. It also didn’t feel like the same character. Like Spinelli couldn’t seem to capture anything from her perspective correctly.

I feel like this was honestly just a last minute decision type of book. Jerry decided “you know what? i’m going to make another book because the other one got me some recogniti
Nov 26, 2007 rated it did not like it
I was really disapointed in this book. I had high hopes because it is the sequel to one of my favorite books. The spirit of Stargirl wasn't as powerful or as meaningful in this book as the previous book. She was spending the year trying to get over Leo and her suffering from a broken heart in such a way didn't seem to be her. I also thought the theme of the book, to live in the moment and see where life takes you, was forced. I also thought that this sequel was definitely for more advanced reade ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I finished this super fast because Stargirl bored me to death and I skimmed through it.

Anyway, like my rating, I thought this book was simply ok. I mean, there was nothing truly magnificent about it. The only characters that I seemed genuinely interested in were Archie and Perry. Wise, old man Archie. Mysterious, daring boy Perry. Stargirl just kept whining about her relationship with Leo. MOVE ON, LADY! Those little "codes" annoyed me to death. I hated her poems as well. She's a crappy writer.
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
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 an ...more
Ana Vizentim
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3,5 Stargirl Stars

I prefer the first book.
This one we can see the real Star, but I think she lost her personality.
Sparky Jo
What happened Spinelli? Did you give up on keeping Stargirl unique and try make her more ordinary, cringey and devoid of the magic and wonder she had in the first book?
Gasp! You did! You did!
Shame! Shame!!

Seriously though this book pales compared to the first.
Stargirl comes across as not so unique as a bit manipulative, sarcastic and just not a nice person to be around.
She's also monstrously whiny (she has reason to be and you'll know this as boy will she tell you about it!) and alth
5 stars

I'm not gonna lie, I surprised myself by liking this book more than Stargirl since I enjoyed reading that one so much, but I'm so happy that's the case.

Love, Stargirl follows Stargirl a year after the events of the first book of this duology since she's moved away to Pennsylvania. She is home schooled again and meets a plethora of new people each bringing something unique to her life.

I loved reading from Stargirl's perspective because it's so enjoyable to see the world through her eyes
Sep 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadultbooks
I was excited when I heard this book was coming out - a sequel to one of my favorite books, Stargirl. But it's a bit like those who write sequels to Jane Austen novels and Gone with the Wind. How could it possibly hold up? I think maybe its biggest problem is that this time Stargirl is the narrator. She was so mysterious and surprising in Stargirl because you didn't know what she was thinking and what she would do next. This is still a good book, but I plan on reading Stargirl many times in the ...more
Melissa Robinson
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who have read Stargirl!
Shelves: youngadultlit
One of my favorite characters from all of YA literature returns! Told from the point of view of Stargirl herself this time, the novel takes the form of a very long letter to her ex-boyfriend, Leo. Not quite as amazing as the orignal, Love, Stargirl takes a little while to get going. Spinelli seems to struggle with finding an authentic voice for his quirky but lovable character. Once he does, however, Stargirl shines as bright as ever. Reading this one, like reading the original, makes you long t ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-realism
There are spoilers ahead for Stargirl. A year after Stargirl vanishes from Mica Area High School, she and her family have settled comfortably into a small town in Pennsylvania. She’s returned to homeschooling after her disastrous first attempt at public high school, and she’s decided to write her ex-boyfriend, Leo, the World’s Longest Letter about her current life. In it, she chronicles her adventures with her five-year-old best friend, Dootsie, their agoraphobic friend, Betty Lou, who hasn’t le ...more
Nadia Uhlenhaker
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, to-buy
Wow. Just, wow. Yet again, I have been introduced to Jerry Spinelli's FANTASTIC writing and characters.

This book was better than the first. I LOVED reading from Stargirl's POV, and I fell in love with every single character. I cried a few times while reading this book, not because I was sad exactly, but because of various emotions that were all over the place. I felt all the feels.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and their growth. There wasn't a character that I didn't like, and I wanted mo
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 solstice stars for this companion book to "Stargirl." Now that I have read both books, I can say that the first can be read and enjoyed without the second. On the other hand, the second must be preceded by the first. In other words, the sequel does not quite live up to the original. Book #2 is written as a letter from Stargirl to Leo. Actually it is more like journal entries with occasional statements directed at Leo. Donuts are a staple in this book and now I really want to go to Krispy Kre ...more
Aug 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, fiction
Three stars is more of a "grand scheme of things" than a "enjoyed in the moment" thing.

Stargirl returns. The POV is now from Stargirl and not from Leo. This changes things. I feel like her voice gets lost a little in the transfer. Before you see Stargirl in this almost mythical proportion, because Leo is so enamored. When you hear things from her POV, she starts to seem more human, and slightly less magical.

She doesn't lose her hippiness, which is good. She does spend a little too much of the
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Fiction Lovers
Recommended to Michelle by: Kimmy
Shelves: young-adult
I looked back at my review for Stargirl to find inspiration to write this one, but I didn't review Stargirl! I'm not sure why because I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Love, Stargirl was just as good as Stargirl, but maybe even slightly better because this story was told by Stargirl herself in long letter/diary format. It was a nice contrast being in her head versus being in Leo's head as he observed his confident, non-conformist girlfriend win over and then become alienated by his public high schoo
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lit, 2008
Oh Stargirl, how I missed you. You can make me laugh, cry, love and think really deep thoughts like no one else. And at the end of reading this, your second story, I just wanted to reach through the pages and give you a big hug to let you know it will all be all right. But you knew that already, didn't you? :-)

Just as good as the first book, this volume finds Stargirl one year older and a lot sadder. Her happy bucket is almost empty of pebbles, and she is still pining for her lost love Leo. But
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This book is an obvious 5 star!!! I loved the ending!!! YASS I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Colleen Houck
The formatting was very interesting. I enjoyed getting into Stargirl's head via her journals or a letter she's writing to the boy she loves. Loved Cinnamon the rat. ...more
Amelia Oswald
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I cried real hard at the first half of the book.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult, 2011

Love, Stargirl is the companion to Jerry Spinelli's bestselling novel Stargirl, this time told from the point of view of sixteen-year-old homeschooler Stargirl Caraway herself. From Arizona, the Caraways move to Pennsylvania where Stargirl starts afresh – albeit not without missing the great love of her life, Leo. In order to quell her feelings of loneliness because of the distance between her and Leo, she writes him letters: she wrote him about her new life, her new frie
Maria Ella
"The beam began to dissipate then, as the sun cleared the horizon and flooded the world with light. Still the people stayed, watching as the golden circle frayed and dissolved across the Blackbone. It reminded my of a movie that is so good the audience just sits there staring at the rolling credits after the lights go on. Suddenly the simple phrase "another day" had new meaning.

In this companion book with Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, we see the lead character stripping off of her mysteries. Mo
Settare (on hiatus)
From ages 12 to 15, Stargirl's sequel was among my ultimate favorite books. It's a lot more original and intriguing than the first volume, and I think there's more nuance to it than people give it credit for. While I loved the book as a teenager, I found it difficult to sympathize with some of its sentiments. The ending line of the book is, spoiler alert:
“Do not follow me! Let's just be fabulously where we are and who we are. [...] Let the stars keep track of us. Let us ride our own orbits a
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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 more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
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“Do not follow me! Let's just be fabulously where we are and who we are. You be you and I'll be me, today and today and today, and let's trust the future to tommorrow. Let the stars keep track of us. Let us ride our own orbits and trust that they will meet. May our reunion be not a finding but a sweet collision of destinies!” 344 likes
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