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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.
My niece recommended this book to me. Even though it is a book for young adults I really enjoyed it. It reminded me how nice it is to be kind to others for no reason. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Staci A. Partlo
Great, easy read. Wished I would have read this as a teenager. Would have made being me easier, I think.Published 14 days ago by qtkengi13
Loved the message this book has for us all not just students.Published 21 days ago by darlajean2003
I've used this book for the beginning of the school year now for 6 years. Students love it. Stargirl has many discussion angles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AMM
I am totally engaged to this book! I love the story of young love and i find the cover really attractive too. Nice piece of art!Published 1 month ago by barbara guess
At A Glance
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Nope
Cliff Hanger: nope. Read more