My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"The beam began to dissipate then, as the sun cleared the horizon and flooded the world with light. Still the people stayed, watching as the golden circle frayed and dissolved across the Blackbone. It reminded my of a movie that is so good the audience just sits there staring at the rolling credits after the lights go on. Suddenly the simple phrase "another day" had new meaning.
In this companion book with Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, we see the lead character stripping off of her mysteries. More human, and very much, a deviation from the first book. In its epistolary style, Stargirl wrote a slice-of-life in her new residence away from the Mica High - away from Leo. These episodes are compiled in a journal, planning to be sent to the first (and future ?) love.
The magic within Stargirl's character has diminished from the first book (where we see her as a hippie-homeschooled-chic) but it was redeemed by the people around her, and by a significant astronimical reality - the Winter Solstice. This event, which is also the book's climax, is like a grandiose firework of feels, defining a fleeting moment hungry for more eyes. As a reader, it made me shed a tear or two.
I can say that the first has the longer linger effect, maybe because Leo showed more of his vulnerable side to us readers, rather than Stargirl, who is quirky. I guess we see more of ourselves to the normal boy rather than to the quirky girl. But I hope this review will not give you a prejudice to prefer the first book. It's just that, for me, Stargirl is better seen as a character of hippie-homeschooled-chic, not seeing the snippets of her daily homeschooled life.
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