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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (2000)

by Jerry Spinelli

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Audiobook performed by John H Ritter

From the Goodreads description 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.

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I’m long past high school, but I still remember the “pack” mentality that required conformity. It’s painful to revisit that, but Spinelli does a great job exploring what might happen, and how the events might affect some of the students.

I loved Stargirl, and especially so when she was the target of bullies and yet remained true to herself. What a brave, courageous young woman! My heart went out to Leo as well, though he succumbed to peer pressure eventually, realizing too late how much this very different and special girl meant to him.

John H Ritter does a fine job performing the audio. He has good pacing, and I believed that he was a teenaged boy telling this story. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 9, 2017 |
This was an excellent read; a book about a high school girl that dares to be different while everyone else is the same. The book is told from the perspective of Leo Borlock, another high school student that forms a bond with Stargirl and changes from knowing her. Stargirl is a new student at school, after being home-schooled previously. Stargirl doesn't fit the mold of what other students are or "should be". She does things to help others, to make them feel good, without wanting any recognition. She doesn't wear makeup, she has a unique fashion sense, she has a pet rat, she plays the ukulele and sings "Happy Birthday" to every student on their birthday, and at school games she cheers for both teams. Stargirl gains temporary popularity, but it is short lived because other students are threatened by her nonconformity. Stargirl, however, stays true to herself. This book has an excellent message to children and young adults about not changing who you are to please others.
  chloeford | Mar 22, 2017 |
This book is a story of a boy that talks about a girl that is new to his school and she is so much different than all other girls. She does the most outrageous things and is very confident in herself. Her uniqueness has the whole school questioning who she is and why she acts the way she does. She instantly becomes famous as the mystery girl and she later joins the cheerleading squad so that more people can go to the sport events. This makes the whole school have more school spirit than ever before! Her doing things out of the ordinary catches the attention of the boy and he soon begins to fall in love with her. After she cheers on the other team at a basketball game the whole school hates her and she gets kicked off of the cheerleading squad and soon enough is singled out by the entire school. However the boy never gives up on her and they fall in love as he begins to do things he's never done before. In the end he learns a lot about who he is.
  jzsolorzano7 | Mar 19, 2017 |
This book is about Stargirl Caraway, the new girl at a high school and how she navigates conformity, popularity, and first love. This book is a good example of contemporary realistic fiction because the people in this story are made up, but this story could easily take place in a high school today.
  Khegge15 | Feb 26, 2017 |
I read this book for the first time as a 26 year old adult, and I was utterly captivated. For reference, I do not typically enjoy young adult books (and I would even say this is readable for the very young adult), so this is not what I tend to read at all. I read a lot (over 20 books last year), and sometimes I feel it’s good to shake things up a bit with a book I typically wouldn’t read. I happened to find it at my annual book fair, where they allow us to add any number of books into a box of any size for a set price.

The narrator is a teenager named Leo, and it’s the typified writing of a lot of most YA books: it’s first-person narrative. Because of that, you saw everything unfolding through Leo’s eyes. I found Leo relatively un-special, especially for Stargirl. Usually weird attracts weird, and I honestly never understood what engendered her to him so much. The perspectives between the two were interesting: Leo being the conformist, and Stargirl being the eccentric. You can’t read this and expect these characters to be fully fleshed out, Tolkien-esque in their wit and intelligence. It’s an easy-to-read story, surrounding young teens and their first love. I’d say they are somewhere between two and three dimensional in their breadth; at times undeveloped, and other times full of emotion and conflicting motives. Overall, it’s a cute story without being hoaky, uplifting without being preachy, and even a little bit magical. (Though I will say it gets a bit eye-rolling at the end of the book, when the narrator is an adult reflecting on his past.)

What I loved so much about this book, though, was that it basically encourages you to let your freak flag fly; to be who you want to be. And this is a message I couldn’t stress more to kids, and even adults. Growing up, I was also a little odd, and I grew up to become a pretty legitimate adult with an adult career and etc. I wasn’t an especially dramatic teen, but I was rather rebellious. I saw some similarities between me and Stargirl because I was weird and quirky, and I didn’t truly let that dampen who I ultimately became. I told myself I didn’t gaf what people thought about me when I was that age, but the truth is that I did care. (Though for all purposes Stargirl is immune, but then again, the perspective is through Leo’s eyes. So for all we know, she did actually care, but didn’t let it bother her. Either way, it’s a good lesson.) Only when I grew up into the weird adult I am today, did I truly shed that skin.

It’s hard to say who I think would enjoy this book, because it’s so obviously geared towards pre-teens, and yet I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I read it in a day, so it’s an easy read and doesn’t really waste much time if you don't like it. ( )
  Lauraborealis | Jan 10, 2017 |
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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.
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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440416779, Mass Market Paperback)

"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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