- 出版社: Ember; Reprint (2009年4月28日)
- 丛书名: Stargirl Series
- 平装: 288页
- 读者对象: 12 岁 及 以上
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0375856447
- 条形码: 9780375856440
- 商品尺寸: 13 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- 商品重量: 227 g
- ASIN: 0375856447
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Love, Stargirl (英语) 平装 – 2009年4月28日
"Humor, graceful writing, lively characters, and important lessons about life will make this a hit with fans of Stargirl." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Brilliant. . . . As charming and unique as its sensitive, nonconformist heroine." -- School Library Journal
"Anyone who loved Jerry Spinelli's beautiful, poignant young adult novel Stargirl is in for a treat with his latest novel. Anyone who survived or is enduring the teenage years will repeatedly recognize him or herself in these pages--and find the book hard to put down." -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Touching and inspiring." -- VOYA
"The many readers who loved the first book will embrace this sequel." -- Booklist
Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of Norristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees.
One night during high school, Spinelli watched the football team win an exciting game against one of the best teams in the country. While everyone else rode about town tooting horns in celebration, Spinelli went home and wrote “Goal to Go,” a poem about the game’s defining moment, a goal-line stand. His father submitted the poem to the Norristown Times–Herald and it was featured in the middle of the sports page a few days later. He then traded in his baseball bat for a pencil, because he knew that he wanted to become a writer.
After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, Spinelli worked full time as a magazine editor. Every day on his lunch hour, he would close his office door and craft novels on yellow magazine copy paper. He wrote four adult novels in 12 years of lunchtime writing, but none of these were accepted for publication. When he submitted a fifth novel about a 13-year-old boy, adult publishers once again rejected his work, but children’s publishers embraced it. Spinelli feels that he accidentally became an author of children’s books.
Spinelli’s hilarious books entertain both children and young adults. Readers see his life in his autobiography Knots in My Yo-Yo String, as well as in his fiction. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved Penn Relays of his home state of Pennsylvania in a book, while Maniac Magee is set in a fictional town based on his own hometown.
When asked if he does research for his writing, Spinelli says: “The answer is yes and no. No, in the sense that I seldom plow through books at the library to gather material. Yes, in the sense that the first 15 years of my life turned out to be one big research project. I thought I was simply growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania; looking back now I can see that I was also gathering material that would one day find its way into my books.”
On inspiration, the author says: “Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey.”
Spinelli lives with his wife and fellow writer, Eileen, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. While they write in separate rooms of the house, the couple edits and celebrates one another’s work. Their six children have given Jerry Spinelli a plethora of clever material for his writing.
Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal. His latest novel, Stargirl, was a New York Times bestseller and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. You can learn more about Jerry Spinelli at www.jerryspinelli.com.
Several readers have posted negative reviews based on the fact the title character is now the narrator. Her enigmatic presence is punctured in the sequel as we see the world through her eyes. This is not a negative thing. It's fine to not enjoy this perspective if what you enjoyed about the first book was Stargirl as an ideal, but as a character, I felt the sequel humanized her in a way that was very positive. She's still an atypical, altruistic, even magical girl, but one who has experienced the sting of heartbreak and has sobered. Just a little. She deals with responsibility. She questions romance. She's a person and an interesting one.
Her pining throughout the book for Leo, the narrator of the first novel, has been highlighted by some reviewers as a flaw. I disagree. Every one of us has experienced that before. I can look back through my own diary entries from high school and see how desperately involved I was with the fleeting romances of teenagerhood. This is a normal part of growing up and I believe the book handles it in such a way that we can all relate.
The diary/letter format may throw people off as it is very different from the linear narrative of the original, but I found it interesting. I enjoy diaries and have long kept one myself, so the story felt more organic to me in this format. It won't work for everyone and that's understandable.
The book isn't perfect. Many of the side characters feel phony. A few of them serve as walking literary devices with no personality of their own, which feels a little heavy handed much of the time. Even the better characters seem to serve limited purpose beyond providing Stargril a platform from which to speculate about the universe. The first book captured high school students more organically. The writing, while in no way bad, seems to falter in finding its voice. There are "entries" that I can believe were written by a teenage girl and others that feel like I'm reading a YA novel. I expected Stargirl's voice to be more dynamic and captivating.
Even with its flaws, this is a good follow up to the first book. It's a short, entertaining read with some legitimately inspiring passages. If you loved the first book, spend the few dollars to snag this one. It's worth your time.
If humanity ever evolves into something better, we should learn from Stargirl. But, sad to think, there is only one Stargirl, and she is a fictional character in two books. Hopefully there will be a third book in the future.
I read and reviewed “Stargirl” first before buying this sequel. The prequel earned five stars from me but this book is so much better because it is told from Stargirl’s point of view instead of Leo’s, the boy she left behind in Arizona after he dumped her. Of course, the reason he dumped her was because he caved in to peer pressure from a mean mob of other children who thought being too positive was wrong.
I don’t think Stargirl is capable of a mean thought or behavior. After what Leo did to her in Arizona, how can she still love him like she does? To Stargirl, it seems Leo is her want-to-be Romeo and she is holding on to hope that he will evolve to her level. Is this wishful thinking? Unless there is a third book that includes Leo, we will never know.
Stargirl is an incredible character and I want to know more about her life and friends. Because this book is told from her point of view, we meet all of the friends she makes in Pennsylvania: Dootsie, Betty Lou, Alvina, Perry Delloplane, and more. Each of Stargirl’s new friends is a unique individual as seen through the main characters eyes and thoughts. If we learn anything from the two books, we discover that being an individual is so much better than being the member of a mob of biased, like-minded people.