Sunday, August 7, 2016

Teen review: Loved the first one, but...

Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
Genre: realistic fiction

Pages: 186
Appropriate for ages 12+

Reviewed by M.S. (grade 11)


A new girl named Stargirl arrives at Mica High School and is able to capture Leo Borlock’s heart with a smile. Everyone finds Stargirl incredibly strange, but then begins to treasure her before growing annoyed with her. Stargirl discusses popularity and what people do for it, as well as first love.

Stargirl is incredibly interesting and plain weird. She is a perfect character who is so complex you want to know as much as you can. It is adorable how Leo falls in love with her and what he does to protect her. It is comforting reading about a weird girl and how it is okay to be different, because I am pretty weird too, and used to be made fun of because of it. I would rate this book a 5.


Love, Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
Genre: realistic fiction
Pages: 274
Appropriate for ages 12+

Reviewed by M.S. (grade 11)


Stargirl has left Arizona and her boyfriend, Leo, behind. She has moved to a new neighborhood and makes friends with her neighbors. Over the course of a year, Stargirl writes letters to Leo about what is happening in her life. She hopes he will reply to her countless letters and that when they meet again they can resume their relationship.

Compared to Stargirl, this sequel is boring. I was disappointed by how much I disliked the book, and only finished it because I hoped it would get better, or occasionally thought, “Okay, that part was funny, you get another shot.” There were parts that made me laugh, but overall it was disappointing and in my opinion we would have been better off without this sequel. I would rate this book a 2.

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