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In time, incredulity gives way to out-and-out adoration as the student body finds itself helpless to resist Stargirl's wide-eyed charm, pure-spirited friendliness, and penchant for celebrating the achievements of others. In the ultimate high school symbol of acceptance, she is even recruited as a cheerleader. Popularity, of course, is a fragile and fleeting state, and bit by bit, Mica sours on their new idol. Why is Stargirl showing up at the funerals of strangers? Worse, why does she cheer for the opposing basketball teams? The growing hostility comes to a head when she is verbally flogged by resentful students on Leo's televised Hot Seat show in an episode that is too terrible to air. While the playful, chin-held-high Stargirl seems impervious to the shunning that ensues, Leo, who is in the throes of first love (and therefore scornfully deemed "Starboy"), is not made of such strong stuff: "I became angry. I resented having to choose. I refused to choose. I imagined my life without her and without them, and I didn't like it either way."
Jerry Spinelli, author of Newbery Medalist Maniac Magee, Newbery Honor Book Wringer, and many other excellent books for teens, elegantly and accurately captures the collective, not-always-pretty emotions of a high school microcosm in which individuality is pitted against conformity. Spinelli's Stargirl is a supernatural teen character--absolutely egoless, altruistic, in touch with life's primitive rhythms, meditative, untouched by popular culture, and supremely self-confident. It is the sensitive Leo whom readers will relate to as he grapples with who she is, who he is, who they are together as Stargirl and Starboy, and indeed, what it means to be a human being on a planet that is rich with wonders. (Ages 10 to 14) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is not a a girls book. It is about a girl and a boy from the boys point. Every time someone I give this to reads it they get mad at one of the main characters at the end. Read morePublished 11 days ago by MDart
Last on the list,
Stargirl. Does the hipster name not do it for you?
Well then, lets add to the mix that Stargirl's love interest is named Leo and their old, wise... Read more
We read Stargirl in my English class.My favorite part is when she gave gifts to everyone.I recommend this book and it's a fun book to read.
My students think it is an amazing book every year. They always enjoy the comedy as well as the serious parts. The central theme always inspires fantastic classroom discussions.Published 28 days ago by Kim Pelletier
Great book! I read it to discuss it with my granddaughter. Now I know why she was so enthusiastic about it!Published 1 month ago by Libraryprez
Had a hard time putting it down. Would recommend this book for any age of reader out there
Wow! This is an wonderful book! Stargirl just doesn't fit in at her new high school. As a reader you grow to love her and her quirky ways. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Thiel