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Title: Stargirl: Stargirl
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Published August 23rd 2001 by Random House Children's Books (first published August 8th 2000)
ISBN: 9781841210308
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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 t 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.

30 review for Stargirl: Stargirl

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma (Miss Print)

    Okay, I'm going to say it. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a young adult classic (maybe even a children's classic but that's really a cataloguing issue that I am ill-equipped to discuss). This designation raises the question: What makes a book (any book) a classic? For me it means a book that is timeless; something you can read years and years after it was written without the book losing its vibrancy. A classic also needs to have memorable writing and characters. It needs to speak to the reader. I Okay, I'm going to say it. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a young adult classic (maybe even a children's classic but that's really a cataloguing issue that I am ill-equipped to discuss). This designation raises the question: What makes a book (any book) a classic? For me it means a book that is timeless; something you can read years and years after it was written without the book losing its vibrancy. A classic also needs to have memorable writing and characters. It needs to speak to the reader. It needs to be a book that you enjoy more every time you read it or talk about it. Classics are the books you want to immerse yourself in: the books you wish you could live in with the characters that you wish were your friends. I'll say it again: Stargirl is a classic. The story starts with Leo Borlock, who moved to Mica, Arizona at the age of twelve. Around the time of his move, Leo decided to start collecting porcupine neckties--no easy task, especially in Mica. For two years, Leo's collection stood at one tie. Until his fourteenth birthday when an unknown someone presented Leo with his second tie, someone who was watching from the sidelines. Mica's unusual events don't stop there. The story continues when Leo is a junior in high school. On the first day the name on everyone's lips is Stargirl. Formerly home-schooled, Stargirl is a sophomore like no one Leo (or any of the other Mica students) has ever met before: "She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew." After finishing this book and recently reading Love, Stargirl (Spinelli's newly released sequel), I have my own explanation: Stargirl is magical. She represents the kind of magic more people need in their lives: to appreciate the little things, to dare to be different, to be kind to strangers. The kind of magic where you still believe things can be wondrous. In the story, Leo soon realizes that Stargirl might be someone he could love. Unfortunately, high school students don't always believe in (or appreciate) magic like Stargirl's. As the school moves from fascination to adoration and, finally, to disdain Leo finds himself in an impossible position: forced to choose between the girl he loves and his entire lifestyle. Technically speaking I love everything about this book: the characters, the story, the cover art. This one has the full package. Spinelli's writing throughout the story is perfect. He captures Leo's fascination with Stargirl as well as his equivocation as he is forced to choose between Stargirl and "the crowd." Stargirl is not a long book. The writing is cogent, sentences brief. Nonetheless, the text is rich. This book never gets old or boring. Spinelli creates a compelling, utterly new narrative here (with a charmingly memorable heroine). You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zoë

    I read this in middle school as required reading and absolutely LOVED it, but coming back to it years later, I couldn't help but notice some of its flaws. I got very attached to the story despite it being less than 200 pages and I do love the moral that Spinelli is trying to get across, but I was not a big fan of the characters. Although, with a book this short, exaggerated characters are pretty much a necessity. I recommend this book to everyone, though, especially middle schoolers who feel the I read this in middle school as required reading and absolutely LOVED it, but coming back to it years later, I couldn't help but notice some of its flaws. I got very attached to the story despite it being less than 200 pages and I do love the moral that Spinelli is trying to get across, but I was not a big fan of the characters. Although, with a book this short, exaggerated characters are pretty much a necessity. I recommend this book to everyone, though, especially middle schoolers who feel the need to conform.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Very sweet. I had this book lying around and picked it up to give myself a break from the Holocaust Monster I've been chipping away at for the past month, and it definitely did the trick. The kids seem a little innocent - more like elementary school than high school - but dammit why CAN'T there be beautiful and magical teenagers who hold hands at the movies and give their friends cupcakes and valentines? Why do they have to do drugs and have sex and be JERKS all the time?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    "Nothing’s more fun than being carried away." Stargirl is the happiest, bravest, most carefree, most non-conformist girl you will ever meet. She is everything every school girl wishes she could be but will never dare to be. She does the last thing someone who wants to fit in will ever do. • She smiles at everyone. • She dances in the rain. • She wears the strangest outfit and wears no makeup. (Not anything like that. I’m exaggerating. Lol.) • She sings every celebrant a happy birthday with her u "Nothing’s more fun than being carried away." Stargirl is the happiest, bravest, most carefree, most non-conformist girl you will ever meet. She is everything every school girl wishes she could be but will never dare to be. She does the last thing someone who wants to fit in will ever do. • She smiles at everyone. • She dances in the rain. • She wears the strangest outfit and wears no makeup. (Not anything like that. I’m exaggerating. Lol.) • She sings every celebrant a happy birthday with her ukulele. With a personality like hers, how do you think will she survive high school or better yet, life? Or an even better question is, how will anyone who has known her will survive with or without her? Read the book to find out.^^ What I like most about this book is the simplicity and sincerity of the story including the narrative method as the story is told by Leo (the adult version) who had a firsthand experience of Stargirl’s free-spirited nature when they were teenagers. The tone of the narrative voice is a blend of both happiness and sadness because the narrator, despite his feelings for Stargirl, was too affected by what other people thought of him and opted to go for majority. But even though he lost that one girl he will never forget, she has carved a permanent mark in the man’s heart. “"Who are you if you lose your favorite person? Can you lose your favorite person without losing yourself?" I like how the story eased its way through the end without having to go through dramatic complications and yet still managing to achieve completeness in its theme and plot. It is a non-imposing moralistic story and a very uplifting short read that I'm sure will find a way to spark that starlight in every reader's heart Recommended to middle-schoolers, teenagers, children, readers who feel young at heart, adults and oh well, everyone!^^

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Stargirl (Stargirl, #1), Jerry Spinelli Stargirl is a young adult novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and first published in 2000. The word begins with a brief introduction to Leo at the age of twelve, and chronicles his move from his home state of Pennsylvania to Arizona. Before the move, his Uncle Pete gives Leo a porcupine necktie as a farewell present, inspiring him to collect more like it. After his collection is mentioned in a local newspaper, Leo receives a second porcupine ne Stargirl (Stargirl, #1), Jerry Spinelli Stargirl is a young adult novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli and first published in 2000. The word begins with a brief introduction to Leo at the age of twelve, and chronicles his move from his home state of Pennsylvania to Arizona. Before the move, his Uncle Pete gives Leo a porcupine necktie as a farewell present, inspiring him to collect more like it. After his collection is mentioned in a local newspaper, Leo receives a second porcupine necktie for his birthday, left anonymously by Stargirl. The story picks up four years later with the arrival of Stargirl Caraway. Leo learns that up until this point, she has been home schooled, but even that doesn't seem to excuse her strange behavior; for example, she comes to school in strange outfits kimonos, buckskin, 1920s flapper clothes, and pioneer clothes. She is so different that at first the student body does not know what to make of her. Hillari Kimble, the most popular girl at Leo's school, declares that Stargirl is a fake, and speculation and rumors abound. One of Stargirl's quirks is singing happy birthday to students when it is their birthday, bringing her ukulele to school to do so. When Hillari orders Stargirl not to sing to her on her birthday, Stargirl sings Hillari’s name but directs the song to Leo and mentions in front of everyone that she thinks he is cute. Though at first rejected by most of the students, Stargirl gains a measure of popularity by joining the cheerleading squad. Students mimic her behavior, and at lunch she no longer sits alone. Her antics on the squad spark a boom in audience attendance at sporting events. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: دختر ستاره ای؛ نویسنده: جری اسپینلی؛ مترجم: فریده اشرفی؛ تهران، ایرانبان، 1386، در 240 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1390؛ در 233 ص؛ شابک: 9789642980055؛ چاپ چهارم در 233 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م داستان دختری شانزده ساله، مدرسه، بلوغ، نوجوانی، صداقت جوانی، و البته که عاشق عشق نیز هست؛ همان: استار گرل، که با رفتارش، دبیرستان «مایکا»، در آریزونای امریکا را، دگرگون میکند. ایشان در لباس پوشیدن، و رفتار، با دیگران متفاوت است. عاشق یاری رساندن به افراد تنها و درمانده ی جامعه است. رابطه ی او با «لئو»، پسر همکلاسی اش، که همانند او نیست، ارتباطی عاشقاته است. او مورد توجه خیلی هاست، اما چون متفاوت است، و دگراندیش، عده ای دوستش ندارند، و از او میخواهند: همانند همه باشد. اما استارگرل، تاب نمیآورد. او حق دارد خود خودش باشد. اما جامعه ی کوچک مدرسه ی او، چنان رفتاری را نمیپذیرند، و او به ناچار، مدرسه را ترک میکند، در حالیکه جای پایش در بسیاری از رفتارهای دیگران، دیده میشود. دختر ستاره ای عاشق صلح است، عاشق عکس گرفتن از پیتر است. عاشق کمک کردن برای لانه سازی پرنده هاست و .... ا. شربیانی

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jared

    Stargirl is an amazing book about individuality and nonconformism. A home-schooled girl named Stargirl begins attending the public high school for her sophomore year. Stargirl is different. She learns everybody's birthdays and on the day of, she sings them a happy birthday song -- accompanying herself on the ukulele -- in the middle of the lunch room, whether they want her to or not. She watches a young boy who lives across the street so that she can create a scrapbook for him without his knowled Stargirl is an amazing book about individuality and nonconformism. A home-schooled girl named Stargirl begins attending the public high school for her sophomore year. Stargirl is different. She learns everybody's birthdays and on the day of, she sings them a happy birthday song -- accompanying herself on the ukulele -- in the middle of the lunch room, whether they want her to or not. She watches a young boy who lives across the street so that she can create a scrapbook for him without his knowledge. She is, in almost every way, unconventional. The voice of the book is a young man who becomes fascinated by Stargirl and befriends her, even though many of her antics make her an outcast, otherwise. Through a series of events, she becomes wildly popular, then widely despised. For this boy, she experiments with being conventional for awhile. The book is fascinating. It explores a lot of issues centered around social conventions and how they play in our lives for good or ill. And they take place at a stage of life when kids are most susceptible to peer pressure. Jerry Spinelli's insights are thought-provoking and engaging. In the end, the book makes you want to be a better person, perhaps in ways that aren't quite "normal." It reminds me of a talk given by Dallin H. Oaks, in which he said, "... This requires us to make some changes from our family culture, our ethnic culture, or our national culture. We must change all elements of our behavior that are in conflict with gospel commandments, covenants, and culture." The genius of it is that the book does this without being particularly preachy. In its philosophy, and to a lesser extent in its style, the book has strong similarities to Bridge to Terabithia.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    For some weird reason I couldn't put this book down! You should read it. It grabbed my attention and I am a very picky reader! :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    BATMAN

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. if this book was a person i would kill them. i would kill them in front of there mother and make them swallow there own heart. it showed a sad message that HAS BENN PLAYED OUT OVER AND OVER again. if you were locked in a box and told not to look at sun light for 12 years this book might be refreashing if not then dont bother. simply it was so crappy. here is the WHOLE STORY i'll save you time well she is differnt meets kids and then marginalized and then surprisingly becomes not differnt. here i if this book was a person i would kill them. i would kill them in front of there mother and make them swallow there own heart. it showed a sad message that HAS BENN PLAYED OUT OVER AND OVER again. if you were locked in a box and told not to look at sun light for 12 years this book might be refreashing if not then dont bother. simply it was so crappy. here is the WHOLE STORY i'll save you time well she is differnt meets kids and then marginalized and then surprisingly becomes not differnt. here i saved you 186 pages of pure crap going in to your brain. your welcome.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    it was refreshing to read about stargirl's genuine kindness and individuality. i liked it. we want to dance to the music in our own heads, but we don't because of the looks, whispers and stares we'd get. stargirl is the person we all want to be, while leo reminds us of the person most of us are. i hope one day to be as brave as stargirl

  10. 5 out of 5

    Clare Cannon

    This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care... In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens. It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations. These are presented This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care... In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens. It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations. These are presented from a variety of points of view, creating a web of relationships and perspectives that reflects the reality of a life truly lived with others. We gain a richer understanding of humanity, one that’s not merely theoretical but gained from practice, from emotions stretched and purified through giving. These stories meet you where you are and show you how to be better. They mould character with such a light and breezy style that while aware that you are feeling, you don’t realise that you are learning. If they could have a spiritual comparison, they are Jacques Philippe in story form, for a younger audience. They teach you how to truly live in the present, sharing your life with others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    It started with a necktie. It ended with a necktie. But not just any kind of necktie and not just any kind of girl would give someone a gift with pictures of porcupines. I really loved this book. REALLY! I did. I HEART Stargirl. Seriously. I’d been meaning to read it for years and like the last book I devoured, after reading the first 2 pages, I couldn’t put it down; so the other books I’d started before this one got pushed aside so I could get lost in her world. This book had me completely mesm It started with a necktie. It ended with a necktie. But not just any kind of necktie and not just any kind of girl would give someone a gift with pictures of porcupines. I really loved this book. REALLY! I did. I HEART Stargirl. Seriously. I’d been meaning to read it for years and like the last book I devoured, after reading the first 2 pages, I couldn’t put it down; so the other books I’d started before this one got pushed aside so I could get lost in her world. This book had me completely mesmerized. My favorite line: “We discovered the color of each other’s eyes.” (Chapter 9) Actually, there were lots of lines I loved in that book but that line in that moment when people are starting to take notice and embrace their individuality stands out the most for me. Of course, my heart broke for Leo. Thirty years later, he still thinks of Stargirl (the girl with many names, by the way); he still wakes up to her laughter (“…a second sunrise to his day.”) I know a lot of people would say this book was too preachy, this book was too unbelievable, this book was too sappy, etc. but I LOVED it so much that I’m thinking of skipping the sequel. I nearly ordered it online last night but part of me wonders if I want to abandon this feeling I have of knowing and loving Stargirl exactly the way she is. Does there really need to be a sequel? Do I need to know more than I already do about these characters? I don’t. And so, I am moving on with a full heart. Thank you, Stargirl!

  12. 5 out of 5

    H

    I feel conflicted about this book. I liked the message it had about nonconformity and kindness and being yourself and selflessness, but I didn't like Stargirl. I don't know if it's allowed to say I didn't like her, but I didn't. I respect her and admire her, but there's such a thing as being too thoughtful and kind--as in, disregarding someone's feelings--which really makes it thoughtless and not nice at all. Like, the idea of singing to people on their birthdays during lunch. It's a nice idea, I feel conflicted about this book. I liked the message it had about nonconformity and kindness and being yourself and selflessness, but I didn't like Stargirl. I don't know if it's allowed to say I didn't like her, but I didn't. I respect her and admire her, but there's such a thing as being too thoughtful and kind--as in, disregarding someone's feelings--which really makes it thoughtless and not nice at all. Like, the idea of singing to people on their birthdays during lunch. It's a nice idea, but what about people who are painfully shy, or even just regularly shy? I don't think the author's right that we all like some validation and attention--I think if I'd been faced with someone serenading me in the lunchroom in high school I would have either skipped school or skipped lunch, because I would have been beyond mortified. It would have made me sick. I hate attention. But she would have done it anyway. That's what I mean, and I guess that's what bothered me the most about her. I think the goal to be outward-oriented, as in looking beyond ourselves, is very good and something we should all strive for, but I didn't like that she didn't take into consideration people's feelings. There are lots of ways to make people feel validated and special--or to feel that their sorrow is shared, their successes are celebrated, etc.--less flashy ways, but they didn't seem to be a default for her. Also, she was too good, too careless of people's opinions, too saint like, too selfless; I guess to me she felt too perfect, not real. She never felt like she could be a real person, someone I could actually meet one day. Too larger than life. Anyway. I guess I've got to give the book props for making me react so strongly; I certainly didn't come away from it feeling "eh."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    Stargirl was the most pure and precious thing, ever. My Luna Lovegood of today’s world and I want to keep her safe always. I loved this book even though I hated the people around her—but that’s the point, isn’t it? The writing was gorgeous and the characters were real and raw. Definitely a new fave. I will be rereading and annotating this one for sure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annalisa

    Truthfully I did not expect to like this book. I expected a heavily handed tale about acceptance. But here's the thing: I did not like Star Girl. The story is about a free-spirited girl whose named herself Star Girl who shows up for her first year of public education as a sophomore and the typical apathetic student body doesn't quite know how to respond to her. Normally when I read stories about the quirky outcast, I want to shield them from cruelty of the popular crowd, but I found myself sympa Truthfully I did not expect to like this book. I expected a heavily handed tale about acceptance. But here's the thing: I did not like Star Girl. The story is about a free-spirited girl whose named herself Star Girl who shows up for her first year of public education as a sophomore and the typical apathetic student body doesn't quite know how to respond to her. Normally when I read stories about the quirky outcast, I want to shield them from cruelty of the popular crowd, but I found myself sympathizing with students at a loss of how to interpret this strange girl. When Hillari told Star Girl that she ruined everything, I concurred. And when Star Girl equated being normal with the most popular girl in school I sighed heavily at how little she understood the workings of high school friendship. It never was about blending in and finding common ground with her. She wasn't happy unless she was blazing her own trail without consciousness of who she plowed through in the process. Having too much personal experience with people who don't understand social cues or possess the mental valve to filter, I know what it's like to be embarrassed by people on social thin ice. I didn't find Star Girl a rare charming bird that should be bottled unaltered. I found her disrespectful and obnoxious. OK, her goodwill was charming, but interrupting a football game to climb the goal post or showing up at a funeral and interfering with the grieving is not. Being different is one thing, but interfering with other's choice to follow social guidelines is just as unaccepting as those who shun anyone who doesn't follow the crowd. There has to be a balance between keeping your individuality and allowing other's to chose theirs, as well as respecting the social proprieties that make people feel comfortable. I found myself siding with the crowd and I know had I met a girl like that in high school I would have rolled my eyes at her theatrics and ignored her too refusing to allow her to always be the center of attention. I was not sad for her but angry at her for what she did to Leo. To just assume he would make a decision and not give him the means to make amends. This girl created her own drama. I have a feeling the author intended readers to be charmed by Star Girl and experience her social roller coaster on her emotional level, but I didn't. I experienced it from the conforming crowd. And that's exactly why I liked it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    "We joined her as she sang 'Happy Birthday' to us in the lunchroom. We heard her greet us in the hallways and classrooms, and we wondered how she knew our names and our birthdays. Her caught-in-the-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing. She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music. She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school. In "We joined her as she sang 'Happy Birthday' to us in the lunchroom. We heard her greet us in the hallways and classrooms, and we wondered how she knew our names and our birthdays. Her caught-in-the-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing. She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music. She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school. In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was. She said there was no television in her house. She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Edit: dropped to 2 stars So I originally DNF'd this book at 75% and gave it a 2 star rating. I decided to just go ahead and complete it because all of the things I didn't like made me curious to see how they would be resolved. I absolutely detested every single character in this book that wasn't Stargirl herself. They were disgusting, judgmental, and overall shitty people. I didn't really like the plot either. You're supposed to see how shitty these people treat Stargirl and realize that you can Edit: dropped to 2 stars So I originally DNF'd this book at 75% and gave it a 2 star rating. I decided to just go ahead and complete it because all of the things I didn't like made me curious to see how they would be resolved. I absolutely detested every single character in this book that wasn't Stargirl herself. They were disgusting, judgmental, and overall shitty people. I didn't really like the plot either. You're supposed to see how shitty these people treat Stargirl and realize that you can't bully others for being different. But the thing is, I don't think that comes across well in this book. Because the POV is one of the idiots, you just get the sense that it's okay to judge and hate this girl because she's different. So I got the point, it's just not done well. I maintain my 2 star rating but I am giving it an extra 3 star because I liked the ending. I liked to see the impact that Stargirl had on people and this school and I hope that she did really well for herself in life. I won't be reading the second book because from what I've seen about it I won't enjoy it, and I honestly prefer the life I've imagined Stargirl has after the events of the book. So it's a 2 star book, but I'm giving it 3 stars for Stargirl.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jazzy

    Well this was sad. It was good... but a sad ending.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I probably had unreasonably high hopes for this book just because of its author. Maniac Magee was my favorite book when I was a kid, and it remains my favorite preteen chapter book to this day. But Stargirl didn't move me the way that first taste of Jerry Spinelli's work did. In fact, I was so underwhelmed that I had little interest in finishing the book, but it was a fast enough read, so I stuck with it. The execution itself isn't bad. The character of Stargirl could easily have become a paper d I probably had unreasonably high hopes for this book just because of its author. Maniac Magee was my favorite book when I was a kid, and it remains my favorite preteen chapter book to this day. But Stargirl didn't move me the way that first taste of Jerry Spinelli's work did. In fact, I was so underwhelmed that I had little interest in finishing the book, but it was a fast enough read, so I stuck with it. The execution itself isn't bad. The character of Stargirl could easily have become a paper doll, one of those (usually female) characters who is so untouchable, so up-in-the-clouds perfect that she lacks any sort of dimension and can't be taken seriously. So, I'll give Spinelli that much--he conveys Stargirl's sincerity well. Additionally, she's deep. She has actual reasons for behaving the way she does, and they're actual, complex reasons that involve intelligence and creativity. I appreciated that she got enough floor time to actually explain her reasons for doing things, rather than just being a mysterious saint. Ultimately, though, Stargirl's earnestness can't disguise that she's just another Manic Pixie Dream Girl. I have to remind myself that most readers of this book will be young enough that they haven't been beaten to death with this tired trope in hundreds of romantic comedy/tragicomedy/dramedy-themed books and movies. Boy--who is nice enough, but a little inhibited, a little in need of some inspiration--meets outrageous, free-spirited, earthy girl who changes his life forever by teaching him to stop caring what other people think and be silly and really live, man. I swear, I thought to myself at the very beginning of the book, "Any minute now, she'll be outside dancing in the rain," and then five pages later, she was outside dancing in the rain. Some of Stargirl's actions made me uncomfortable, too. I know she's supposed to be the shining, free-spirited light among all the dull, uninspired conformists in the high school drone factory, but just because she has good intentions behind her actions doesn't mean they are all necessarily good ideas. Stargirl goes to a lot of trouble to reach out to people, and she does it without asking for any kind of thanks, but having someone sing "Happy Birthday" to you in the middle of a crowded room or broadcasting your love for someone without talking to them first has always struck me as somewhat inconsiderate. Some people just don't want that kind of attention, and nothing is more traumatic for them than having all eyes in the room on them, completely without their consent. It's true that Stargirl is portrayed as completely innocent, and it's highly possible that she lacks the necessary social filters to understand why being serenaded with "Happy Birthday" isn't always a desired gift, but it made me less sympathetic toward her. It kind of reminded me of those guys who propose to their girlfriends on the Jumbotron at a sporting event--it's arrogant to assume that everyone else wants exactly what you want, and ultimately, regardless of your intentions, it makes the gesture about you, not the other person (while all eyes are on that person, obligating them to behave gracefully even if they're going to pieces inside). A more succinct way to summarize the last two paragraphs is this: the Stargirl character is inspiring but not original, and the heavy-handed message of Everyone Needs to Lighten Up and Be More Appreciative of Each Other is well-intentioned but shortsighted. Otherwise, the story was all right. Stargirl might lack social filters, but Leo behaves like a complete ass to her, resulting in the story's somewhat bitter ending. I think this was a fairly realistic portrayal--he cares too much about the approval of the many to show support for the one. And I did appreciate the story's lack of a sugary, upbeat ending in the name of resolution. I like a protagonist with regrets. Leo doesn't seem to have changed much--for all his obsessing over Stargirl after she leaves, one gets the impression that if he got a second chance, he would still care more about fitting in with the crowd than about treating her well--but at least he gets to spend the rest of his life wondering about the one he pushed away. (Even that falls into the MPDG, too-good-for-this-dull-world cliche. Of COURSE he has regret. She's gone, so she'll always be exactly as she was at sixteen and he can idolize her and righteously lament how perfect she was and how stupid he was.) But Stargirl doesn't deserve the shitty way everyone has treated her, and she is probably at her most realistically human when she changes herself out of desire for Leo's acceptance. Likewise, Leo is at his most realistically human when he embraces the "new" Stargirl, then rejects her when she stops conforming. The journey to maturity sucks. I'm probably taking this all way too seriously. The book was ok; I wasn't as wowed by it as most reviewers seem to have been; I should probably lighten up. But I've given my opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    Stargirl Caraway is the new girl at Mica Area High School, and in her mysterious first days of school, she reveals herself to be a true unique individual. She plays a ukalele! She carries around a pet rat! She gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't know! Soon, all of the high school cannot resist her charm, and she has the entire community under her spell. But after a while, Stargirl's actions become tiresome, irritating, and the question rises among her peers: why can't she just be Stargirl Caraway is the new girl at Mica Area High School, and in her mysterious first days of school, she reveals herself to be a true unique individual. She plays a ukalele! She carries around a pet rat! She gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't know! Soon, all of the high school cannot resist her charm, and she has the entire community under her spell. But after a while, Stargirl's actions become tiresome, irritating, and the question rises among her peers: why can't she just be normal? Soon, Stargirl is ostracized for all of the wonderful things that make her special. Will Stargirl recover and ever be loved for just being herself? I loved this book. I cried at the end of the book, partly because the ending was so touching and partly because the story itself was over. I loved Stargirl's character and child-like innocence, I loved the romance between her and narrator Leo, I loved the book on CD read by John Ritter. I haven't been this happy about a book in a long time! One small note: in high school oratorical contests, the speaker sends in their speech to a committee ahead of time, and cannot deviate from that written speech at the time of delivery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heba

    ❤...حقاًً لقد أحببتك يا "ستار جيرل" لا تظن إنه يمكنك أن تخون نفسك وتصبح آخر لكى يرضى عنك الجميع عليك ان تكون نفسك ..نفسك فحسب وخاصة إن كنت متصالحاً مع ذاتك و تملك قلباً طيباً مُحباً يسعى دوماً لإدخال السعادة على قلوب الآخرين..

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This was my first Jerry Spinelli read and for the most part I enjoyed it. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that was possible. :) I can see why kids like his writing style, which is simple and straightforward, yet interesting. The issues he tackles in this book -- identity, conformity/nonconformity, and peer pressure -- are all relevant for middle school-aged readers, which is who this book is best suited for. Also, I think he does a good job of sending the "right" message without being preachy. At the sa This was my first Jerry Spinelli read and for the most part I enjoyed it. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that was possible. :) I can see why kids like his writing style, which is simple and straightforward, yet interesting. The issues he tackles in this book -- identity, conformity/nonconformity, and peer pressure -- are all relevant for middle school-aged readers, which is who this book is best suited for. Also, I think he does a good job of sending the "right" message without being preachy. At the same time, though, I wasn't totally invested in the characters. I kind of felt like Stargirl was a bit too "out there" and sometimes though it was difficult to garner sympathy for a character that was so totally clueless. Well intentioned, yes, but at times too much of a fantasy. I also felt somewhat torn in my feelings towards the narrator. On the one hand, I thought he was very "normal" and his reactions were what I think mine would have been. At certain times, though, he seemed too spineless and and emotionally detached. I suppose, though, he probably was representative of most 16-year-old boys. All in all, I liked the book a lot but felt as though I would've liked something that was a bit more grounded and less abstract. I found myself comparing this to the much darker The Chocolate War and the themes are quite similar but I found that book to be much more realistic. For more mature readers, I would recommend that instead.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    This was like reading a John Green book, before John Green books existed. There was just something special about it, that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I really enjoyed the message behind it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Wow. Wow wow wow. This was my first time ever reading this and I loved it SO MUCH. Such a great story. I'll definitely be rereading this in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Stargirl Caraway is an enigma. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between. When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, the Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Stargirl Caraway is an enigma. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between. When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, then strumming her ukulele as if all alone? The boys in school are immediately struck by her quiet, unassuming beauty. The girls are both jealous of her innate naturalness and excited to have her enthusiasm in the school. For Leo Borlock, it's a mixture of fear and excitement that has him falling in love with the mysterious Stargirl--and a desire to see her on the Hot Seat, the in-school television show he runs with his best friend, Kevin. The kids at school embrace Stargirl--her quirkiness, her individuality, her enthusiasm and exuberance for everything she does. She discovers friends and cheerleading, and she's popular. Popular, that is, until she starts rooting for the opposition, determined to bring joy and happiness to everyone, not just her home team. Suddenly, she's not the popular girl that everyone wants to be around. The same individuality that was once embraced is now snubbed, literally, by almost everyone in school. Except for Leo, who's in love with the enigmatic Stargirl, a girl who whole-heartedly loves him back. Until Leo is forced to choose between the affections of an entire school full of classmates and the maybe-too-individual Stargirl. When faced with the choice of one person versus many, Leo might not be strong enough to make the right decision. Jerry Spinelli has penned a book that goes straight to the heart of wanting to fit in, of sometimes being too good to believe, of life and love and heartbreak and the desire to be different, yet the same as everyone else. STARGIRL is a pure delight, and you won't be able to help being drawn into this very believable story, and it's truly unbelievable characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beth A.

    I guess my problem with this story was that I really didn’t buy Stargirl. She’s so self-confident/oblivious that she doesn’t seem to notice or care that the whole school is giving her the silent treatment. She’s extremely kind and compassionate. She meditates, wears floor length dresses and carries a rat around in a sunflower bag. She’s the perfect model of a nonconforming individual. I wanted her to have some flaws. To be secretly worried about being accepted before Leo explained that it’s impo I guess my problem with this story was that I really didn’t buy Stargirl. She’s so self-confident/oblivious that she doesn’t seem to notice or care that the whole school is giving her the silent treatment. She’s extremely kind and compassionate. She meditates, wears floor length dresses and carries a rat around in a sunflower bag. She’s the perfect model of a nonconforming individual. I wanted her to have some flaws. To be secretly worried about being accepted before Leo explained that it’s important. To be nervous before going on the “Hot Seat”. To cry, or scream, or yell unspecified swear words when she was hit in the face with a tomato. I would have had more respect and admiration for Stargirl if she was an individual in spite of understanding social norms- rather than because she wasn’t aware of them. I didn’t like Leo much either, although his behavior was more realistic, because when you love someone, you stick up for them, you stick with them, even when it’s tough.

  26. 4 out of 5

    NadiaN99

    این کتاب یه بخشی از قلبتونو تسخیر میکنه.جدی میگم.استار گرل فقط یک دختر نیست.انسانیته.محبته و تمام احساسات گرمی که هر روز تجربه میکنیم و و به خاطر همین روزمرگیشون فراموششون میکنیم. اگر این کتابو خیلی سطحی فقط بخونید یه داستان بامزست از یه دختر و یه پسر که تفاوت های زیادی دارن ولی .باز هم خیلی شبیه همن.اما اگر یه کوچولو عمیق تر بشیم استارگرل خیلی بیشتر از یه دختر و لئو خیلی بیشتر از یه پسر دبیرستانیه.لئو به همه اهمیت میده.اما واقعا فقط به افکار بقیه و اینکه در بارش چه احساسی دارن فکر میکنه.استارگرل این کتاب یه بخشی از قلبتونو تسخیر میکنه.جدی میگم.استار گرل فقط یک دختر نیست.انسانیته.محبته و تمام احساسات گرمی که هر روز تجربه میکنیم و و به خاطر همین روزمرگیشون فراموششون میکنیم. اگر این کتابو خیلی سطحی فقط بخونید یه داستان بامزست از یه دختر و یه پسر که تفاوت های زیادی دارن ولی .باز هم خیلی شبیه همن.اما اگر یه کوچولو عمیق تر بشیم استارگرل خیلی بیشتر از یه دختر و لئو خیلی بیشتر از یه پسر دبیرستانیه.لئو به همه اهمیت میده.اما واقعا فقط به افکار بقیه و اینکه در بارش چه احساسی دارن فکر میکنه.استارگرل اینطور نیست.به احساسات بقیه فکر میکنه.و گاهی هم به خودش.و از نظرم اینه که مهمه.اینه نگران باشی بقیه چه فکری در موردت میکنن خیلی مهمه اما آیا واقعا احساسات اطرافیانمون،چه اونایی که میشناسیم و چه اونایی که نمیشناسیم،مهم تر از دغدغه های الکی در باره ی خودمون نیست؟ فکر میکنم همه باید کمتر به افکار منفی دیگران و بیشتر به احساسات روزمره ی هم اهمیت بدیم. هر کدوم از ماها میتونیم برای خودمون استارگرل،پای گل (کتابو بخونین میفهمین)و یا هرچیز عجیب غریب و خوب دیگه ای باشیم. فقط اگه این کتاب قشنگو بخونیمو دربارش فکر کنیم. بـــــخــــونیدش

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin

    Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus, there’s no sex scenes, and just one decent kiss. The book, is narrated by Leo Borlock’s perspective. He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus, there’s no sex scenes, and just one decent kiss. The book, is narrated by Leo Borlock’s perspective. He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing someone she barely knows a happy birthday, she stands out. Her schoolmates couldn’t help but find her odd. One time, Stargirl goes to a football match, which no one almost ever watches. She makes an exhibition of herself, by roaming around the football field (I imagine her like a fairy), until police had to come forward just for her to leave the field. That’s when Mica High attended every game onwards. Stargirl was a sight to watch. She was also recruited to the cheering squad. And again, she gives the readers another dose of her weirdness, by cheering enthusiastically, for everyone (that includes the other team). For others, we might find this hateful (just imagine your cheerleader cheering for the other team), but this proves the depths and lengths of Stargirl's naïvety and pure-heartedness. It’s actually amazing. Leo, is and always has been amazed by Stargirl. The feeling was mutual, and they become a couple. Leo enjoyed being with Stargirl. He was at peace, but then he noticed that the entire Mica High was shunning him as well. Leo Tolstoy was definitely no island, so he turned sad. He needed Stargirl, but he needed his peers as well. How Stargirl ever manages it, was a wonder to him. And Leo makes a choice. A terrible choice. And Stargirl, makes a terrible choice as well. She decides to be ”normal”. All of us are either Stargirls or were Stargirls. Everyone is a star. We are stars, some in little ways, and some in ways that no one can possibly miss them. But the thing is, we have what it takes to be a star. The problem is, how do we deal with the stars lodging in us. Some polishes their star to make it brighter, while some hide in the brightness of other stars to suppress their shine. After I finished this book, I was left with the same thought as Leo’s: Is she there? I wonder what she calls herself now. I wonder if she’s lost her freckles. I wonder if I’ll ever get another chance. I wonder, but I don’t despair. Though I have no family of my own, I do not feel alone. I know that I am being watched. The echo of her laughter is the second sunrise I awaken to each day, and at night I feel it is more than the stars looking down on me. And I have to say, we have to make Stargirls the new normal.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✰♊ Angie ♊✰

    Can't believe I'm just now reading this book. Everyone should read this. Everyone. We need more Stargirls in this world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I had high expectations for this book, but I was let down in every way. I got so incredibly bored, but I couldn't live with myself knowing I couldn't finish a mere 186 page book, so I plunged onward. By page 80, bookmarking the craziest sentences was the only way I kept myself sane. As usual in a ragerant, I shall try to organize my complaints critiques into a list. Spoilers are not marked, proceed with caution. Not that there's much to spoil about this book; it was predictable in every aspect. So I had high expectations for this book, but I was let down in every way. I got so incredibly bored, but I couldn't live with myself knowing I couldn't finish a mere 186 page book, so I plunged onward. By page 80, bookmarking the craziest sentences was the only way I kept myself sane. As usual in a ragerant, I shall try to organize my complaints critiques into a list. Spoilers are not marked, proceed with caution. Not that there's much to spoil about this book; it was predictable in every aspect. So, my problems with Stargirl: 1. THIS IS NOT HOW POPULARITY WORKS. Stargirl goes from being popular to unpopular to popular in about two seconds, and when she is shunned, the entire school (except for on person) goes along with it! I understand that Mica High is a small school, but no way in a real school would everyone shun somebody like that. The whole book feels like a grade schooler's imagining of high school. 2. Stargirl is a speshul snowflake- I might even dare to call her a Mary-Sue. She never makes mistakes, the protagonist falls in love with her, and everyone is captivated by her/loves her. Even Archie says that from the moment he met her, he knew she was different. It also sort of seemed like Star was doing all of those antics purely for attention. If she had gone to a school like that in real life, the teachers- not to mention other students!- would have made her stop the bullcrap almost instantly. 3. There is no character development. I guess I should have expected this out of a book so short, but the characters were breathtakingly stagnant. Except for Stargirl, of course- but she went in the opposite direction altogether with her insane, sudden, out-of-character transformation (which was only temporary, but I digress). Aside from that, though, there wasn't even any characterization of her. And I won't even begin to touch on the shallow relationships that were barely there, much less thoroughly explored. (I must keep reminding myself that this is a children's book, and less than 200 pages, so I can't stress about small things in a small book.) 4. The writing is terrible. It was all "I" this, "I" that. The book sort of read like a list. A very redundant list. Has Mr. Spinelli never heard of a comma, or a linking verb? Or an editor? Now I was feeling sorry for her I sat back down beside her. I took her hand. I smiled. I spoke as gently as I could. I didn't mention myself. I didn't say do it for me. I didn't say if you don't change you can forget about me. I never said that. As short as this book is, it took me two days of forced reading to get through what was essentially a giant list. Some of the expressions used are also mad weird. Like this phrase, here: She faced the mountains, bathed in sun syrup, her face as still and peaceful as I've ever seen a face. Wtf? Sun Syrup? ....As I've ever seen a face? What the hell? 5. The message, which is clearly "originality is great" and "be yourself" and all that jazz, was practically shoved down the reader's throat, as painfully as an only-partially-chewed chip fragment, and just as excruciatingly slowly. I get it, Jerry Spinelli. I really don't like it when the message of a book is so painstakingly obvious; I like to have to think. Now I'm not saying a book has to be as cryptic as a crossword or anything, but this book should have just been called "Shoving the merits of originality down your throat." 6. The fact that Stargirl followed people around, made up stories about them, sent them anonymous gifts, and took their pictures sort of left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I understand that the acts were meant to be nice, but that doesn't change how creepy the actions were. 7. This scene: "He's nuzzling you. He likes you. Especially your ears. He never meets an ear he doesn't love. By the time he's done, that ear of yours will be clean as a whistle. Especially if there's some leftover peanut butter in it." I could feel the tiny tongue mopping the crevices of my left ear. "It tickles!" I felt something else. "I feel teeth!" "He's just scraping something off for you. You must have something crusty in there. Have you washed your ears lately?" Do I even need to explain? (Star's rat was eating the narrator's ear. Yes, straight from the book, word for word, page 82.) I think I need to move on to a book meant for an older audience. This one killed me. I am dead now.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Khaled

    لم أتوقع ان تعجبني رواية كهذه أظنها صنعت للمراهقين البطلة ستار جيرل فتاة لم تذهب للمدارس وتعلمت أغلب تعليمها فى البيت ثم قرر والديها ان تكمل فى احدى المدارس ونتيجة لعدم اختلاطها بالناس كانت غريبة الاطوار عنهم مظهرها مختلف وتصرفاتها مختلفة عنهم ما دفعهم للسخرية منها الطلاب يتجنبونها، ولكن أحدهم سيصبح صديقها وعلى الرغم من سخريتهم منها الا انها كانت تتعامل معهم بلطف وتبقى على طبيعتها المرحة، تهتم بإعطائهم الهدايا فى المناسبات وتغني لكل منهم عيد ميلاد سعيد فى يوم عيد ميلاده بينما تعزف كما تعودت الناس لم أتوقع ان تعجبني رواية كهذه أظنها صنعت للمراهقين البطلة ستار جيرل فتاة لم تذهب للمدارس وتعلمت أغلب تعليمها فى البيت ثم قرر والديها ان تكمل فى احدى المدارس ونتيجة لعدم اختلاطها بالناس كانت غريبة الاطوار عنهم مظهرها مختلف وتصرفاتها مختلفة عنهم ما دفعهم للسخرية منها الطلاب يتجنبونها، ولكن أحدهم سيصبح صديقها وعلى الرغم من سخريتهم منها الا انها كانت تتعامل معهم بلطف وتبقى على طبيعتها المرحة، تهتم بإعطائهم الهدايا فى المناسبات وتغني لكل منهم عيد ميلاد سعيد فى يوم عيد ميلاده بينما تعزف كما تعودت الناس يرون الرواية مخصصة للمراهقين لانها تتصرف بلطف زائد وبسبب وجود صديقها الذي بالطبع سيجعلهم يأخذونه على محمل رومانسي ولكن انا لا ارى الرواية من هذا المنظور اعجبتني لان ستار جيرل لم تتأثر بسخريتهم ولم تجعل العالم يغير من طبيعتها، ظلت متمسكة بملابسها الغريبة طالما انها تعجبها ومتمسكة بالغناء والرقص فى المدرسة طالما انها تحب ذلك وبصنع الهدايا والاهتمام بمن حولها طالما ان ذلك يشعرها بالسعادة وتساعد أى شخص تراه بحاجة للمساعدة دون أن يطلب منها ذلك فى احدى المباريات بين فريق مدرستها ومدرسة أخرى أصيب أحد اللاعبين المنافسين وذلك جعل طلاب مدرستها سعداء لانه تسبب فى فوز فريقهم اما هي فنزلت للملعب بعفوية وحاولت مساعدة اللاعب هذا مما جعل مدرستها غاضبه منها اعتقد ان طلاب مدرستها غير اسوياء، من الطبيعي ان لا يفكر الشخص فى هوية المصاب او المريض ولا يأتِ شيئًا لتفكيره فى وقتها سوى مساعدته ولكن على أرض الواقع ارى بنفسي الناس يتصرفون كباقي طلاب مدرسة ستار جيرل الناس أصبحوا غير إنسانيين أبدًا، يستحلون الدماء ويفرحون عند حدوث المصائب لغيرهم ستار جيرل ليست فتاه اوفر ومراهقة كما يراها الناس، هي طبيعية جدًا الناس هم من أصبحوا وقحين للغاية لذلك يرون اللطف أوفر وغريب. هي بالطبع ليست رواية عظيمة وبها بعض المثالية ولكن على الأقل أعجبتني عفوية ستار جيرل ورأيت فى بعض تصرفاتها نفسي ومنحتني بعض الثقة عندما قرأتها أجلت كتابة الريفيو لاننى أردت أن أرى هل سأتذكرها بعد مرور فترة وسيظل أعجابي بها كما هو أم انه سيتغير ومن الواضح انه الى حد كبير كما هو.

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