“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.”
– Love, Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
I just realized that it’s been ages since I last wrote about books I’ve read. I finally made time this weekend to finish Love, Stargirl. I had to re-read the first 10% of the e-book though, because the events weren’t as clear in my mind as I would’ve wanted them to be.
The thing with Jerry Spinelli’s books is (and I am very happy about this) that the prose is very easy to follow. I hate it when some authors’ works are so overly descriptive — highfaluting words and all — that it becomes doubly hard to connect with the characters. But not with Stargirl and Love, Stargirl.
Anyway, this sequel to Stargirl takes after where the first book left off, only this time Susan “Stargirl” Caraway herself is the narrator. She has since left Mica High School, where she met Leo Borlock — the boy who stole and broke her heart. In Love, Stargirl, Stargil writes “the world’s longest letter”, addressed to the love of her life (Leo, of course!) where she tells him about the people in her new neighborhood, her adventures, her reflections on love and loss, among other things.
I thought the narrative moved a bit slow in the beginning, and Stargirl’s thoughts were all over the place (as is the case, I would imagine, when one is brokenhearted, hahaha!), depressing, and somewhat odd. But it sped up when Stargirl encounters Dootsie, her new best friend, and other pals like Betty Lou, Alvina, Margie, Charlie, Arnold, and Perry. These characters each played a key role in Stargirl’s life, and in one way or another, were able to aid in the “healing process” of her fragile (and very much broken) heart.
While Stargirl’s reflections are very touching, realistic, and spot on for the most part, I didn’t like that she seemed to be the kind of girl who needed to be with the love of her life to survive. In Stargirl, Leo wanted Stargirl to act like everybody else, to fit in, to not stand out so much because her uniqueness was causing too much talk and trouble. Which begs the question, was Leo worth the bother?
I can hear Stargirl answering, “a million times, yes!” — and this is precisely why I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of being consumed with somebody who tries to so badly change who you are. But anyway, Stargirl is who she is. Maybe she just loves Leo in a way only she can understand. :)
That minor “glitch” in Love, Stargirl was the only thing that really ticked me off. But as a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book (maybe a little less than the first one though, because Stargirl was just excellent). Much like Stargirl, the last few pages of this book were stellar. I can’t imagine Stargirl or Love, Stargirl ending any other way.
Cheers to Mr. Spinelli’s awesome books! :)
Book cover was grabbed from the Internet.