I picked up Stargirl to read as an easy read but ended up really enjoying it. This book is thought-provoking and a little mythical but still realistic. Stargirl is a classic teen/tween girl book. This is a book that you get lost in and never want to find your way out of. You will also want to become best friends with the main characters. The author of this book, Jerry Spinelli, has written many other books, including Wringer, which received a Newbery Honor citation, and Maniac Magee. He also wrote a sequel to Stargirl named Love, Stargirl which is also a great book about Stargirl and her life after she leaves Mica.
Leo is the narrator in this book. He moved to Mica when he was about 12. He now is a junior at Mica High. On the first day of school that year, the name on everyone’s lips was, Stargirl, a sophomore that was formerly home-schooled. No one knew who or what she was but they all wanted to find out. She is like no one else that Leo (and the entire school) had ever met before. Leo described Stargirl as, "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."
The school moves from fascination and adoration to hatred and shunning until finally, Leo finds himself in an impossible position: forced to choose between the girl he loves and his entire lifestyle (all of his friends who didn’t like her). The people at school soon realize that she is too different for them to like. She cheers for the other team, sings to people on their birthday, decorates her desk with flowers, never wears makeup, and wears long dresses or skirts everyday.
After reading Stargirl, I have my own explanation of her: She is magical, in a way most people need to find. She is herself and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She appreciates the little things, dares to be different, but ultimately believes in herself.
Whom will Leo choose? Will he fall in love with Stargirl or keep his friends? Stargirl is not a long or hard book. It is written with short, cogent sentences. Nonetheless, the text is rich, full of excitement, and wonder. This book will make you think about: What would you do? How would you react to her? And many other questions that still linger in my mind and will remain in your mind after you read this book. Spinelli tries to tell readers that it is great to be different and we need to be exactly who we were made to be.