Parman Teen Book Review: “Love, Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli

love, stargirl     Love, Stargirl is the sequel to Spinelli’s novel Stargirl, a story about a high-school student named Stargirl Carraway who is not afraid to be different from those around her. I enjoyed this book even more than its prequel because, when Stargirl focused on Stargirl’s endless kindness and love for Leo, this book is focused more on her life after moving from Arizona. Love, Stargirl is presented as a long letter Stargirl writes to Leo, but is more of a diary than anything else, detailing the events that occur in Stargirl’s life every day and her emotions regarding certain topics. Stargirl has moved to Pennsylvania with her family, and her father, a former employee at Mica Electronics, is now a milkman. Stargirl has once again resorted to homeschooling, for her experience at Mica High School in Spinelli’s previous novel was not very pleasant. However, Stargirl manages to meet a lot of new people and make a lot of new friends, including five-year-old Dootsie Pringle who know how to become invisible; Betty Lou, an agoraphobic who has an endless supply of donuts; Charlie, Grace’s husband who wears the red-and-yellow plaid scarf; Arnold, who has yet to find himself; Alvina, the eleven-year-old who like Barbies and beating up boys; and Perry Delloplane, with his lovely blue eyes and mysterious background. Love, Stargirl is a well-written and thoughtful novel, and Stargirl’s beautiful character and appreciation of the little things in life will resonate with you well after you finish reading this novel.

Niraja, 16, Parman TLLC

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