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Stargirl (Stargirl Series) Mass Market Paperback – May 11, 2004
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“A magical and heartbreaking tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, [Stargirl] possesses many of the mythical qualities of Maniac Magee." —Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Stargirl is luminescent. . . . This book resonates long after the cover is closed." —The Detroit News and Free Press
"Stargirl tells us the captivating story of a magical, mysterious girl. . . . A wonderful tribute to nonconformity." —Chicago Tribune
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Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
From the Hardcover edition.
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Mass Market Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0440416779
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440416777
- Product Dimensions : 4.13 x 0.52 x 6.88 inches
- Lexile Measure : 590L
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Publisher : Laurel Leaf; Reissue Edition (May 11, 2004)
- Item Weight : 3.68 ounces
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'd actually had 'Stargirl' sitting on my kindle for a while, but it didn't seem particularly interesting. Just like Stargirl herself, it's a very different type of story. There aren't many like it. It isn't the type of thing I would usually read. So I was pretty hesitant to do so. But, you guys, I am so, so, so glad I did. Stargirl literally changed my life. I really think everyone needs to read this book at some point in their life. I know I did. There is something about it… something I can't quite explain. Once you've read it, you'll understand.
If I'm asked what my favorite book is, usually I'll say I don't have one. There are just so many books out there, it's too hard to just choose one. 'Stargirl' might just have changed my mind. Really, it's just the most beautiful, moving, life-changing story I've read. If you're thinking of reading it, please, please don't hesitate. You won't regret it.
Told from the point of view of her boyfriend, Leo, Stargirl is a quick, but emotional read. All teens should read it because pushing others to conform is common in school, but not a good idea. You never know what you might miss that would make your life better when those pushed become (or pretend to be) what you want them to be.
Recently they came out with a movie adaptation of this book on Disney plus, I would highly recommend reading this book and then watching the movie or watching the movie and then reading the book. Whichever you decide.
10/10 would buy again.
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No one could relate to Stargirl, a manic pixie dream girl to the highest degree I felt.
I didn't understand how the main boy fell in love with her and so suddenly. It was like, as soon as he got the Valentine card, he was like "Oh! She likes me! I LOVE HER!" without really any real buildup or anticipation.
I just felt like this book... was kinda, wishy-washy. It seemed pretty far removed from the world, and I actually didn't like the main protagonist that much. How he wanted her to change, and then when she returned to being true to herself again, he was completely turned off her and even angry.
I mean? Hello?! You should love someone for who they are, not a complete stranger that Stargirl tried to make herself when she tried to act as a proper teen.
Anyway, that's my review. I think the biggest redeeming quality for this story was that it was nice to delve into the world of this imaginary person Stargirl, but that's all she was, even in the book. Imaginary.
Stargirl tells the story of Susan 'Stargirl' Caraway, a home-schooled free spirit who has just joined the local high school in Mica, Arizona. She immediately draws attention with her eccentric ways. She brings a ukulele into school and sings Happy Birthday to random strangers, she dresses differently and she does little random acts of kindness. Gradually, her kindness and kookiness win over the school, including an introverted boy called Leo, until events occur that end up turning everyone against her.
Stargirl is a touching and thoughtful book, a celebration of individualism and a condemnation of the kind of society that would stifle it. I loved the concept and Jerry Spinelli's cast of characters leap right off the page at you. The sheep-like school students are all recognizable: the cheerleaders, the vacuous himbo, the introverts, the mean girls and Stargirl is plunked among them all like an Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water. The book itself drifts and meanders in a very pleasant way, much like Stargirl herself.
As much as I enjoyed the book, I’ll admit that there were points in the book where I found myself idly wondering what it would be like to plant my hand over Stargirl’s face and give her a good shove backwards. Don't get me wrong: I loved her quirkiness, her innocence and her caring nature, but sometimes she came across as just ridiculously naive. Similarly, I liked Leo, but there were times when I wanted to kick him in the kneecaps for being so bothered about what other people thought.
At the bittersweet end of the story the town does seem to atone for their bullying behaviour and embrace their own individualism somewhat, but the moral does appear to be: if you don't conform, you will be bullied and ostracized until you and your family are forced to leave town.
I have to say that to me, Stargirl resembled the literary version of the manic pixie dream girl. She floats into the school, shakes things up, then leaves. We are not given much insight into her own private life, thoughts, feelings etc. Leo as a character was, to me, bland and unlikeable. We never learn much of anything about any of the characters and none are fully fleshed out. The only one I remotely liked or warmed to was the older teacher that told the children about fossils, history and made them think although even this character was barely painted and never brought to life. I feel like he was a way to bring a bridge into the story where Leo could speak to a third party about stargirl but conversations were weak and lacking.
Its obvious the message Spinelli was trying to drive home but even the "bullies", the cliché mean cheerleader and her clueless boyfriend, lacked any kind of real spite. So yep, left feeling a bit puzzled as to what everyone sees in this book but each to their own I guess (which is kind of the only takeaway from this book).