Jerry Spinelli

THINGS I LIKE ABOUT LEO:
1. You loved me
2. You liked my nose freckles
3. You were nice to my rat
4. You loved Archie
5. Your shy smile
6. You followed me into the desert
7. You held my hand in front of everybody
8. You chose Me over Them
9. You filled up my happy wagon

THINGS I DON’T LIKE ABOUT LEO:
1. You dumped me
2. You liked Susan more than Stargirl
3. You weren’t brave enough to be yourself
4. You chose Them over Me
5. You’re emptying my happy wagon

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Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Number 3 on the second list makes me sooooo sad. It just hurts. This book is so beautiful.

Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow. Do you know what you’re doing when you spend a moment wondering how things are going to turn out with Perry? You’re cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you’re stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It’s now yesterday. Some of those moments may have had wonderful things in store for you , but now you’ll never know.
—  Stargirl, Love, Stargirl
Vowels were something else. He didn’t like them and they didn’t like him. There were only five of them, but they seemed to be everywhere. Why, you could go through twenty words without bumping into some of the shyer consonants, but it seemed as if you couldn’t tiptoe past a syllable without waking up a vowel. Consonants, you know pretty much where you stood, but you could never trust a vowel.
—  Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee