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Embrace your inner Stargirl: Stargirl Review


Jerry Spinelli

Date published:
September 2002

Short Summary (no spoilers):
From the author: Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

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.

In public or under the covers?
Read this book in public. Everyone needs to see you read this book. It’s important.

What mood? 
This mood will make you happy. It will also make you think about life. You will want to live your life like Stargirl. Embrace your inner Stargirl please.

Main character – yay or nay?
Stargirl, Is a definite yay. I want to be Stargirl. Ever since I read this book, I have tried to be as easy going as Stargirl. If we could all just be like Stargirl, I think we would all be a lot happier.

Getting Over Leo Borlock:
I like Leo. He’s nice. But he’s the complete opposite of Stargirl. He’s a people pleaser. He follows the crowd. I’d like to just sit down and talk with Leo about embracing his inner Stargirl.

Character Fever:
Archie Brubaker- He is wonderful. He is Stargirl’s teacher. He only teaches on Saturdays. He is a retired paleontologist. He is so smart and the sweetest man ever. I just love him.
Señor Saguaro- A cactus. Yes a cactus is under character fever. Archie consults Señor Saguaro everytime Stargirl or Leo asks a question. This cactus is smart!
Cinnamon- Cinnamon is Stargirl’s pet rat. Before you say eww, rat, I want to inform you guys that I have had a pet rat, and they are quality pets. Cinnamon is Stargirl’s best friend. Stargirl takes him everywhere she goes, even to school. He also plays a pretty big role in the sequel, Love, Stargirl
Dori Dilson- Dori is Stargirl’s best friend. She accepts Stargirl, and Stargirl teaches her to open up and be herself.

Crust factor:
Hillari Kimble is crusty. She’s a mean person and I don’t like her. She turns the whole school against Stargirl.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover:
I love the book cover. It’s simple. The title is a star symbol and a girl stick figure symbol. It’s so creative. It’s probably one of my favorite book covers.

Song this reminds me of:
I Won’t Give up on us by Jason Mraz. This song just describes Stargirl. It’s perfect.

I recommend you to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Charlie’s way of thinking is kind of like Stargirl’s. I have already reviewed The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Click here.

“We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not seem to get past 
"weird" and "strange" and "goofy." Her ways knocked us off balance. ” 

Future companion novels:
Love, Stargirl. It’s amazing. Read it.

Overall Rating: 
I give this a 3. This book is amazing, but I just wanted to know more. 

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