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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.
It was a good book to read but there wasn't much going on and I wish there was more drama and stuff happening.Published 8 days ago by Tara-reads-a-lot27
I chose to read this book because my friends recommended it to me it is a Wonderful book I recommend it to every one.Published 10 days ago by Zoie Parrott
This was an absolutely wonderful book. Although in the beginning I had my doubts about it about 50%through the book draws you in and you can't stop reading. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jenifer Trachtman
Great way to get preteens to understand peer pressure. Stargirl is the story of joy, caring, and innocence. I loved it!Published 13 days ago by Carla Lenerd
I honestly cannot find the words to describe this book. Another great book by Jerry Spinelli. This is my new favorite book and a must read.Published 13 days ago by Taylor Zimmerman
A thought provoking book about. Stargirl demonstrates the power of grounding oneself in principles instead of popularity. Read morePublished 14 days ago by AJ