Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Narrator: John Ritter
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: 14 May 2002
“A celebration of nonconformity; a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity–and the thrill and inspiration of first love. Ages 12+
Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don’t stand out–under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes–for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body.
But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl’s arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her.
In a celebration of nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity–and the thrill and inspiration of first love.”
My Thoughts & Review
I first saw this book mentioned on BooksandLala’s YouTube channel, and it sounded interesting and was excited to try it out when I saw it appear on Scribd.
Although I enjoyed it overall it was an average read. It’s a very short book and finished it in a couple of hours.
The writing was simple and I can see why this book is popular as a quick read. Although simple Spinelli tackles issues such as identity, peer pressure so well. And think they were very relevant for middle school readers, which the book is aimed at.
The characters were interesting but at the same time, I wasn’t totally invested in them. I felt like Stargirl was a bit too out there and too confident in herself. I know this can be a good thing but at the same time it felt like she was just living in her own world and was actually clueless about the real world, and everything was just way too perfect in her world. I also didn’t like that she didn’t take into consideration people’s feelings, especially as not everyone is like her.
The plot wasn’t very wowing and it wasn’t entirely original, but I guess if I had read this book when I was younger I would have felt very different about it, and think I would also have enjoyed it much more than I did.
All in all, an average read for me, but still glad I gave it read. At the moment I’m not planning to continue with reading the next book.
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