LOVE, STARGIRL/Jerry Spinelli

 

Love, Stargirl is the touching sequel to Stargirl, the latter I have read a few months back. I wanted to read this book right after I finished the first book except that I wasn’t able to finish it quickly (it’s just a short novel) because my eyes won’t cooperate with me while I read from the computer. So I had to wait for my Kindle gift (yay!) to arrive to finally finish this wonderful story of a seemingly eccentric girl who fell in love with a boy named Leo Borlock. And yes, this is the first book I read from Elle, my Kindle. 😉

The sequel picks up one year after Stargirl (Susan) Carraway left Mica High with a broken heart. She goes back to being homeschooled by her mother and decides to be Stargirl once again. She finds a field where she does her early morning meditations, makes friends with a wonderful little girl named Dootsie, gets acquainted with her agoraphobic neighbour, Betty Lou, brings donuts to Charlie at the graveyard, takes care of Lavinia, a rebellious teenager, and finally knows a boy she can be interested in. In the midst of all these interesting people surrounding her, Stargirl still pines for her Leo to whom she writes a letter-sort-of-journal everyday (but is still undecided to mail it).

I loved Stargirl in the first book and I love her more in this sequel. Why? Because in this book, the story is already told in Stargirl’s point of view. Here, I read about Stargirl’s struggles and thoughts, her weaknesses and strengths, her joys and pains. In short, I find Stargirl to be more human, hence believable, unlike in Stargirl where she is depicted to be the most different, non-conformist teenager in Mica High – a character I find to be too good to be true. In Love, Stargirl, I love it that Stargirl is real.

Stargirl’s discoveries about love and chances and fate are heart-warming. Many times, my heart went out to the entries in Stargirl’s letter-journal as she struggled to make sense of the seemingly tragic end of her short love affair with Leo. She’s torn between hating him and loving him. She writes:

“Sure, Susan makes sense. But my heart doesn’t care about sense. My heart never says: Why? Only: Who?”

Don’t we all sometimes overlook sense when we’re in love? Okay, well, sometimes I do.

Consider her gloomy musings as she writes:

“Who are you if you lose your favorite person? Can you lose your favorite person without losing yourself? I reach for Stargirl and she’s gone. I’m not me anymore.”

But Stargirl decides to pick up the pieces of her broken self and decides to move on:

“I’ll still be OK. I’ll say it again – loving you, but I won’t abandon myself for you. I cannot be unfaithful to you without being faithful to myself. I’ve reclaimed my future. If we are destined to be together again, be happy to know you’ll be getting the real me, not some blubbering half me.”

Way to go, Stargirl!

There are other wonderful parts I have highlighted in this book but I won’t risk spoiling the story by any more quotes except for this last one (this is the last quote, promise!):

“Many girls have been romanced under the moon, and I don’t mean to say moonlight is overrated, but few I think have known the magic of a sunrise kiss.”

This is exactly the reason why I am getting married on sunrise! 🙂

5 stars.

14/50 2012 Goodreads Reading Goal.

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