Back in the depths of last year, I read the book “Star Girl” by Jerry Spinelli, after a recommendation of it (from two people, may I add). Yesterday I finished the sequel to it – “Love, Star Girl”.

Here’s the first books (“Star Girl”) back of the book excerpt – “Stargirl. She’s as magical as the desert sky. As strange as her pet rat. As mysterious as her own name. And she captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. But when the students of Mica High turn on Stargirl for everything that makes her different, Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her; normal.

Here’s the second books (“Love, Star girl”) back of the book excerpt – “Stargirl has moved and left everything behind: Arizona, enchanted desert places — and Leo, her once (and future?) boyfriend. He’s all 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 of her house for nine years; hot-tempered Alvina with that 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 what’s life without Leo? Will he — can he — answer that one crucial question she asks every morning to the rising sun?

Regardless of the title, these are not “girly” book. (Speaking of “girly” books, I think it’s terrible how people can label some books for girls and other books for boys and men. Sexism knows no ends. I don’t even see how books can be for one gender or another — I can see how if the books title is “A guide for girls, surviving..” or something like that — but not just a general fictional book. Females can like more “manly” things like sports and wars, and men/boys can enjoy romances or certain fantasies that people typically label ‘for girls’ or ‘for guys’.) Both books are really actually nice for both genders [in my opinion].

From the cover, the two books actually remind me of the two books “love that dog” and “hate that cat” (both are written in poetry, and are really good. If you get the chance you should check them out), but these books are actually quite different from any other books that I’ve ever read.

I think that I find these two books so different from anything I’ve ever read is because they both have a really good message (not that other books don’t have messages) — “Be yourself” or “don’t conform yourself to society”. Well, actually those two messages are only true for the first book. The second books message is more of “people can still be with you in your heart” or “don’t judge a book by its cover”.

Oh, I also love how Spinelli writes. It’s similar to L. J. Smiths’ writing (who, you should know by now, has lovely writing). He uses just enough similes and metophores, so that it leaves the writing colorful but not too much as to make the paragraphs dwattle on and  bore you. He also uses some current-references in the stories. Like in the second one where the female protaginist is writing letters to the male protagonist, in one of the letters she says “Dear [insert name of male protagonist here], Sorry, that’s sounds to much like ‘Dear John”…“. I like when authors make current-references — but it can also be a bad thing. See, if you’re looking for your book to live on..well, will people in 100 years know that Brittney Spears was the symbol for good pop-artists two or three years ago? Will people now know that, if you wrote it then?

Personally, I like the first book better. It’s from the male protagonists point of view, and I personally find it to be more moving. The second book is from the female protagonists point of view, and it too is nice but I just find it less…unique. Maybe it’s because I had already  read the first one so I was more able to guess what was going to happen. Although the second one was written in a different style than the first one; it was written in the form of letters to the male protagonist. (And I say “male protagonist” and “female protagonist” because I don’t want to say who the main people in the story are, in hopes that it will make you a bit more curious than I hope you already are as to who these people with a good message are. And then, hopefully, check out the book(s))

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