“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 a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”
– Jerry Spinelli
***** 5 stars *****
First off I want to say that they should add this book to all the high school reading list unless of course they have done that already. I came to reading this without any expectations. I read the little insert and thought this girl is super cool. This is a book about a young girl who has been home schooled most her life and now suddenly decided to go to a regular high school. She is different from everyone at MICA high; she dresses different, talks different and even have a pet rat she carries around named Cinnamon. She is also the sweetest, kindest, thoughtful and genuinely greatest person you can ever meet. We would be lucky enough to be in the same room with this girl. Her name is Stargirl.
The whole book is narrated by Leo Burlock. He is an 11th grader in MICA high and simply just chronicles his interactions with the new girl. Even though she is rejected by most of the kids in school he seems to be drawn into her sense of individuality. With the sea of conformity she sticks out like a sore thumb. People ridicule others just by being different. Different in a sense that they may just be doing something that most people don’t do like singing out loud in public, dancing crazy like no one is watching or simply by just doing what they love. It is easier for us to make fun or judge those people than accept the fact that we are too afraid to do what we want or worry too much about what others may think. This book is quite simple but the lessons you get from it is much much deeper than that.
I thought she was so brave. I wish I had the guts to know who I was and be who I was when I was her age. Especially in high school where you try to find yourself and at the same time try to fit in. We worried too much how to please others and forget to be ourselves. Stargirl was being true to herself; She did not give a F*** about what anyone thought. She came to school in different costumes and singing around school without a care in the world. She was having fun and was genuinely happy.
” She was the opposite of cool; She held nothing back.”
-Leo ( Stargirl )
Leo was like the rest of us. The ” normal ” kids that thought Stargirl was from out of this world. But He was so fascinated by her that he ended up actually liking her and wanted to know about her. He found out that she was different than all of us but in a good way. She cared about helping others and wanted to make the world just a happier place. I loved Leo and Stargirl’s relationship. It was how young love should be. Sweet, innocent and changes you without even knowing that it did.
” She was bendable light; She shone around every corner of my day.”
– Leo ( Stargirl )
“She taught me to revel. She taught me to wonder. She taught me to laugh.
My sense of humor had always measured up to everyone else’s; but timid
introverted me, I showed it sparingly: I was a smiler. In her presence I
threw back my head and laughed out loud for the first time in my life”
– LEO ( Stargirl )
Overall I loved the book. It made me missed my younger years. How I would have done things differently; pick the right kind of friends, join more after school clubs and not give a sh*t about what others think. Kids need to have fun and stand up for their passion. I would totally recommend this book to everyone especially if you have kids. It has such a lovely lesson.
It started with a porcupine tie and ended with a porcupine tie.
** soundtrack **
1. Caged the Elephant ( Take it or Leave it )
2. MSMR ( Hurricane )
3. Fitz and the Tantrums ( Out of my League )
4. Passenger ( Let her Go )
5. Vampire Weekend ( Unbelievers )
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