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At Mica High School in Mica, Arizona, things are quiet and uneventful. Everyone dresses alike. Everyone thinks alike. No one does anything that their neighbor wouldn't do.
Until Stargirl comes along.
Homeschooled for years, Stargirl defies categorization. She wears long, flowing pioneer dresses daily, intermingled with outrageous costumes. She serenades people with her ukulele at lunch on their birthdays. She brings her pet rat Cinnamon to school. She looks strangers in the eye. She dances to no music and seems to understand something about life that her classmates do not. Mica students aren't sure what to do with her, and she goes from being interesting to admired to shunned and finally ostracized.
Leo Borlock was perfectly happy with his generic Mica life. Then, against his will, he finds himself falling for Stargirl. The two share an incredible, eye-opening romance. In their own little world, everything is perfect and magical. But when they have to face their critical classmates, what will happen to their relationship?
This is by far Jerry Spinelli's best novel. It is a beautifully written story about nonconformity and the seeds of magic and quirkiness that we all possess, though we may not realize it. Readers will wish that they were friends with Stargirl. I was unsatisfied with the ending, but I understand why Spinelli would have ended the novel in that way. There is nothing I would change about this extremely touching and timeless story. I recommend this to everyone, regardless of their age.
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This is a great book that any teen can relate to. It is funny in the great Spinelli style with the humor more geared towards teens. Every student that I recommend this book to loves it and asks if I will loan it to one of their friends. (Even if the friend is not in my class!)
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4.6 stars, an unusually high rating from me :)
This is a book about a unique high school student (Stargirl) who is a total non-conformist... or is she? The effect she has on the community -- and one friend in particular -- is fun to read about. All the characters in the book are very well written, and are not the cookie-cutter people often seen in YA novels.
I am not a teen, but I loved the book. I think it's great for both kids and parents to read, and to later discuss (there are even some though-provoking questions at the end, provided by the author). It has so many good ideas and relevant themes, and is very entertaining as well.
It's the best YA book I've read this year, and when I closed it I literally said "Wow" out loud. My 13-year old reader also said it was excellent.
The ending is very poignant, and I think that somehow makes it even better, in spite of the perfect resolution I was hoping for. By the way, there is a sequel to this book, entitled "Love, Stargirl".
PARENTS: Nothing naughty here. Tame enough for kids, but probably best suited for ages 12 and up.
Do not miss this book if you are age 12 to 112. I swapped my copy but will obtain another to keep.