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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
Once i started reading the book i couldn't even put it down until i finished it.
This girl comes into leo borlock's high school. her name is stargirl and she acts well herself. however it's not the way they act at Mica High School.
Jerry Spinelli, the author of this book, writes very well and makes it an easy read, as you are pulled into Leo and Stargirl's life in High School.
This book has been raved about since it was first published when I was in 5th grade.
It's better than I ever imagined.
Full review to come.
Like reading an existential novel for kids. I hope they get it, but I did. Simply beautiful account of the beauty of originality.Published 10 days ago by Amanda P. Minaker
Looooooooooovvvvvvveeeeeeeeee this book! Everyone should be more like StargirlPublished 14 days ago by marisol rojas
Stargirl is a little bit over the top in the things she does. At times is is so over the top it is unbelievable, but I think it was written way on purpose. Read morePublished 15 days ago by toobusyreading
I can connect to stargirl. She is a young, independent girl and doesn't care about what people say about her.Published 22 days ago by Bonolo