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Stargirl (2000)

by Jerry Spinelli

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    Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (missnickynack)
    missnickynack: Its the sequel to Stargirl and it is equally as good.
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    Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block (kaionvin)
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    Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass (RidgewayGirl)
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    Looking for Alaska by John Green (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: More average-boy-meets-life-changing-girl.
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    Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde (stephxsu)
    stephxsu: Similarly innocent-but-wise female character.
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    Loser by Jerry Spinelli (bookel)
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Great book about being yourself!
  LisaMarie214 | Mar 26, 2015 |
This sad story is about a boy who loves a (at first) popular girl. though, when she becomes unpopular he must decide if he should stay with her or be accepted. This tale helps kids realize the importance of friendship, being your self, and helps them relate to big decisions. This would be good as a free-read for kids.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
Not knowing better, I read Love Stargirl, the second book of the two, written from Stargirl's POV, before reading Stargirl, the first of the two and written from Leo's POV. As it turns out, they can be read out of order without confusion and I'm not disappointed to have made my mistake, except for one simple fact... Stargirl seems to have a "finally" ending whereas Love Stargirl seems to have an open ending -- open for a follow-up. I want more Stargirl!!!!! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
I loved this book for many reasons. The story is told from the main character, Leo's, point of view. He spends a lot of time observing Stargirl. She represents everything that is different in Leo's world. Leo is a believable character, for he was close-minded at one point, but he begins to see Stargirl's way of thinking for a while. The plot was well-developed and even showed some of the dramas that come with high school. The big idea is that individuality is important, although, it may be hard to find in a large community. ( )
  mzellh1 | Feb 19, 2015 |
In high school, this book taught me to embrace my uniqueness. In life, this book taught me that it's hard to meditate when you're too in-tune with the world. ( )
  AnigL | Feb 17, 2015 |
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To Eileen, my Stargirl
And to Loren Eiseley, who taught that even as we are, we are becoming
And to Sonny Liston
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When I was little, my uncle Pete had a necktie with a porcupine painted on it.
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I don't want to be like nobody.
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Star girl is an extrodinary gilr. shes not the average teenage you would see on a daily basis. At first a everyonf likes her, they even ask her to be in the cheerleading squad. She has a high spirit in supporting everyone she meets. Some people thinks shes too wierd to hang around with but they end up sitting with her during lunch and even follow along when shes singing happy-birthdsy to someone they dont even know.

Righ now im in the middle of the book and just read that she likes Leo. she actually told him he was cute and now they are hanging out everyday. everyday after school they go uot in the dessert and meditate on being empty (as in not tinkng on anything or thinking about thinking.). on other occasions they go to the mall and play this game that stargirl invented. this yong couple is just right for each other since either one of them is ashamed of each other. Leo, is very popular, but when they are both together holding hands nobody wants ot talk to Leo or Stargirl. Ever since Stargirl helped a player from the other team, they all have hated her. thats the reason why nobody watns to talk to them when they are together or just Stargirl alone.

I just finished the book and im very surprised on the ending that happend.

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"She was homeschooling gone amok." "She was an alien." "Her parents were circus acrobats." These are only a few of the theories concocted to explain Stargirl Caraway, a new 10th grader at Arizona's Mica Area High School who wears pioneer dresses and kimonos to school, strums a ukulele in the cafeteria, laughs when there are no jokes, and dances when there is no music. The whole school, not exactly a "hotbed of nonconformity," is stunned by her, including our 16-year-old narrator Leo Borlock: "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."

In time, incredulity gives way to out-and-out adoration as the student body finds itself helpless to resist Stargirl's wide-eyed charm, pure-spirited friendliness, and penchant for celebrating the achievements of others. In the ultimate high school symbol of acceptance, she is even recruited as a cheerleader. Popularity, of course, is a fragile and fleeting state, and bit by bit, Mica sours on their new idol. Why is Stargirl showing up at the funerals of strangers? Worse, why does she cheer for the opposing basketball teams? The growing hostility comes to a head when she is verbally flogged by resentful students on Leo's televised Hot Seat show in an episode that is too terrible to air. While the playful, chin-held-high Stargirl seems impervious to the shunning that ensues, Leo, who is in the throes of first love (and therefore scornfully deemed "Starboy"), is not made of such strong stuff: "I became angry. I resented having to choose. I refused to choose. I imagined my life without her and without them, and I didn't like it either way."

Jerry Spinelli, author of Newbery Medalist Maniac Magee, Newbery Honor Book Wringer, and many other excellent books for teens, elegantly and accurately captures the collective, not-always-pretty emotions of a high school microcosm in which individuality is pitted against conformity. Spinelli's Stargirl is a supernatural teen character--absolutely egoless, altruistic, in touch with life's primitive rhythms, meditative, untouched by popular culture, and supremely self-confident. It is the sensitive Leo whom readers will relate to as he grapples with who she is, who he is, who they are together as Stargirl and Starboy, and indeed, what it means to be a human being on a planet that is rich with wonders. (Ages 10 to 14) --Karin Snelson

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In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

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