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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Love, Stargirl

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (April 28th 2009—Knopf)

Grade: 5 stars out of 5

Summary: “Stargirl has moved and left everything behind: Arizonia, enchanted desert places—and Leo, her once (and future?) boyfriend.

He’s all that she can think about, and her life begins to feel like a parade of unhappy anniversaries. Then Stargirl meets her wonderfully bizarre new neighbors: Dootsie, the curly-headed five-year-old “human bean”; Betty Lou, who hasn’t stepped outside her house for nine years; her hot-tempered Alvina with hat one glittery nail; and Perry Delloplane, the blue-eyed thief who soon lays his own claim to Stargirl’s heart.

In letters to Leo over the course of a year, Stargirl comes to find hope in new places: mockingbirds, donut angels, and the Winter Solstice—that turning point day when dark tips to light. But life without Leo? Will he—can he—answer that one crucial question she asks every morning to the rising sun?”

Review: I must admit, pointblank, that I am bias when it comes to Mr. Spinelli (hey a girl has a right be bias at point right?). As a child growing up I devoured his books; grabbed everything and anything that had his name written on it. So when Random House sent me a copy of the companion to book Stargirl, I was elated, ecstatic, surprised, and jumped with joy.

Out of all his books, Stargirl had to be my favorite. So when I first heard about Love, Stargirl I knew right away I had to read it, I vowed to myself I would.

Love, Stargirl is a novel to the rawest form—straight from the heart, intense, and emotional unnerving. I love this book. Love.

Written through letter forms I was hoping, crossing my fingers, that it will serve the idea well. Many have tried before, writing a novel through letters, chatrooms, and diaries and have, in my opinion, did no justice to the plotline. So after I finished Love, Stargirl I gave a sigh of relief since it was glorious. You get Stargirl and just her alone against the world. Her inner thoughts, her worries, her frustrations, and her joy all comes through. It leaves the reader able to dissect each part of her life to the smallest detail and separate it. My heart raced, my throat clenched, my frustrating and fear grew, and I almost cried with relief and/or joy along with Stargirl in her life.

“My hands were shaking. It was a single piece of paper, white, small, folded in quarters, the way a little kid folds a letter. Fold by fold I opened it. There was one word, in royal blue marker ink, all capital letters:

YES

My heart took flight.”

This was the exact passage that made me teary. Give me two books that everyone cried over and I produce nothing. Give me a simple one syllable word: YES and I might start to bawl.

Dootsie made me thankful that I did not have a 5-year-old sister. Perry made me glad that I do not have a boyfriend. Betty Lou gave me a desire to get to know my neighbors a bit more. All the people that Stargirl encounters leave their mark in my heart as well as her own.

Overall: It was just pure entertainment and joy on my end reading. Expect me to read this book again and again.

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P.S. My only huge qualm about this book is that my copy is slightly bent. Nooooooo (yeah okay so that is not really an issue with the book).

7 comments:

  1. Wow - I didn't know there was a companion book coming out, awesome review. That one passage does sound amazing. I'll definitely have to check it out, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Stargirl is also one of my favorite books of all time. A friend lent me this book and it was equally amazing. Soo good. :')

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  3. You loved Spinelli? I can't really stand his writing style, I don't know, but he just never appealed to me. I absolutely loathed Maniac MaGee, and I had to read it two times for school.

    But nonetheless, I shall see what i think of him once more as I have to read Stargirl for school at the end of the quarter.

    Awesome review though! Highest rating yet?

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  4. LOL at your book being slightly bent, haha! I'm always sad when the spine is based in or a corner. Poor books!

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  5. It's so cool to see you spazz over a book. Well I'm a bit exaggerating but 5 star from Yan is really something. Will definitely check this one out : )

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  6. Great review, I'm going to link to it from mine. Here's my link: http://ultimatebookhound.blogspot.com/2009/04/review-love-stargirl-by-jerry-spinelli.html

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  7. Can't look, can't look, love Stargirl too much, sorry, but I know it'd be good if I dared read it! lol I really need to get this one.

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