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Love, Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)

Rating: [rate 5]
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Love, Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)

Dear Leo,
I love beginnings. What better way to elaborate than to begin writing a letter to my once (and future?) boyfriend.

Stargirl has moved and left everything behind: Arizona, Mica High, enchanted desert places – and Leo.

He’s all she can think abbout, 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 her house for nine years; Charlie, who sits among the tombsones; hot-tempered Alvina with that one glittery nail; and Perry Dellophane, the blue-eyed thief who soon lays his own claim to Stargirl’s heart.

In letters to Leo in a course of a year, Stargirl comes to find hope in new places: mockingbirds, donut angels, moon flowers 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? – Book blurb

It was around three years ago when I first bought Stargirl. I’ve been curious about the book ever since I saw it but I only got to buy it after a bad day at the photo lab at school. I loved the book — it was magical and bittersweet and reading it always left me a sad feeling over my heart, wondering if Leo and Stargirl will every meet again.

In this sequel, Mr. Spinelli brings us into Stargirl’s world, making us see through her eyes, and making us realize that amidst all the “magic” she held in the previous book, she is still a human being, and more importantly, a girl who fell in love, was “dumped” and is trying to move on with her life without her love.

This book kind of reminds me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written in the same way, only in a girl’s point of view and with less “serious” topics. Stargirl was introduced as a very unique individual in the first book, and Mr. Spinelli wrote it in a way that we can never know what makes her tick. We just know that she does what she does, and that’s it, like if she was explained, all magic would be lost. I admit that as I read the book, I also looked at Stargirl in wonder, also wondering how she could act that way in an environment that calls for conformity. The ending of the prequel left me wanting answers to who she really is.

Love, Stargirl doesn’t really answer this question, but it takes you into an adventure into Stargirl’s world without Leo. It’s interesting to see that even if she seemed “magical” at first, she is just very ordinary…just brought up very differently. It was interesting to read about her trying her best not to fall for Perry, or for launching into her different adventures with Dootsie or being a sister to Alvina…it’s amazing to see that even if she seemed so sure of herself in the prequel, she’s can be as awkward and unsure as the next person. She reminds me of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, only a bit less “head in the clouds”. :)

Stargirl is to someone to be loved. She’s a sweet person who “sheds light when she cries”. :) She’s one of the characters that will stay with you for a long time after reading the book.

I definitely recommend that one must read the prequel first before reading this one, just so you really get to feel and know Stargirl. :)

The Fruits of Book Fair 2007

So today I went to the Manila International Book Fair at the World Trade Center for some book loving. Some people I was supposed to go with backed out, but all’s good since nothing is going to stop me from going there. :P

Now come to think of it…it felt weird that I actually made it there on my own, without riding a cab. Wohoo!

Anyway, the moment I stepped inside the World Trade Center, I started to panic. Haha, book sales do that to me, seriously. I immediately headed to OMF Literature to get the Bible I’ve been wanting to have (it’s a purple pocket Bible from Zondervan), as well as some books I’ve been planning to buy and then after making my purchase (thank you Citibank), I went around again.

The only sad point of the day was when I got to this other booth selling Bibles. I saw the Bible I bought there which was P300 cheaper. I know that amount could not get me a portable oxygen concentrator but still, it’s P300. Three hundred Pesos. That’s already ONE book. Argh. And that’s still less 30%, so it would’ve been a steal for me! But I already bought the Bible, and it’s not like I could return it. Hay. I wish I could’ve looked around before buying the one from OMF.

LET IT GOOOOOO TINA! What’s done is done. Or in this case, what’s paid for is paid for.

After some more rounds, I bought some comics for my brother and another book, met up with Yam and finally went home. As much fun as it was for me buying books, it’s definitely more fun if I was with some close friends, like Tuesday or Happy or Bea. We’d all end up ogling at all the Bibles over there. Haha.

Admittedly, it feels like there are a lot of new stores in this year’s Book Fair. And I didn’t see Fully Booked or A Different Bookstore there. I wonder why?

Anyway, here’s today’s stash (not including my brother’s comics):

Book Fair 2007 Stash

  1. Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
  2. Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment by Erwin Raphael McManus
  3. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  4. TNIV Pocket Bible: Today’s New International Version

See. This year’s stash is definitely fewer than last year’s. I didn’t have a list when I got in, and I think that’s influenced it. Plus the fact that I’m more mindful of the things I’m spending for. Last year I think I went home with 10? Or maybe it’s just because I know I still have about 10 books I have yet to read, plus my dad’s bringing home two more by next week. So I’m still a happy little bookworm.

What about you? Have you been to this year’s Book Fair? (It ends tomorrow, by the way!) What did you get? :)