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.
The story takes place in a high school and it's about a girl who is an outcast. All I can remember while reading this book was that I wished I had the courage to be as free-thinking as this girl was. Not just when I went to high school, but also just NOW. She's herself...how often do we get to be ourselves? And I felt the same way reading it recently. It's a feel-good book. I loved that this story showed both sides of fitting in and not fitting in.
I think it was an accurate portrayal of what it feels like to be a teenager.
I find myself wishing I could be more like Stargirl!
Tomorrow's book review will also be about an outcast...but he takes a decidedly different approach.
There's a sequel to Stargirl that I didn't enjoy as much as the original, but I do think you will love this character. I also think this is an important book for middle-grade kids to read.
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I didn't realize that Jerry Spinelli had so many published books. I think that over the course of the next year I may try to read some more of his work. Tune in tomorrow for more Summer Reading List updates!