Stargirl

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A celebration of nonconformity; a tense, emotional ale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity -- and the thrill and inspiration of first love. Ages 12+

Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: do n't stand out -- under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes -- for Leo and for the whol school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body.

But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the aftermat of Stargirl 's arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her.

In celebration of nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional stor about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity -- and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
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Number of Pages
186
Original Title of the Book
Stargirl
Publication Date
Published September 2002 by Scholastic (first published November 13th 2001

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The classic also needs to have memorable writing and characters.

Classics are the books you nee to immerse yourself in: the books you wish you ould live in with the characters that you wish were your friends.I 'll say it again: Stargirl is a classic.The story starts with Leo Borlock, who wen to Mica, Arizona at the age of fifteen.

Formerly home-schooled, Stargirl is a sophomore like no one Leo ( or any of the other Mica students) has ever met before: " She was elusive.

In our minds we tried to pin her to corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew. " After finishing book and recently reading Love, Stargirl ( Spinelli 's newly released sequel), I have my own explanation: Stargirl is magical.

sort of magic where you actuall believe things can be wondrous.In the story, Leo soon realizes that Stargirl might be someone he could love.Unfortunately, high school students do n't lways believe in ( or appreciate) magic like Stargirl 's.

Technically speaking I love everything about his novel: the characters, the story, the cover art.

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She is, in nearl every way, unconventional.The voice of the novel is a young an who becomes fascinated by Stargirl and befriends her, even though many of her antics make her an outcast, otherwise.

For his oy, she experiments with being conventional for awhile.The book is ascinating.

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With a personality like hers, how do you think will she survive high school or better et, life?

It is a non-imposing moralistic story and a very uplifting short read that I 'm sure will find way to spark that starlight in every reader 's heartRecommended to middle-schoolers, teenagers, hildren, readers who feel young at heart, adults and oh well, everyone! ^^

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Like, the concept of singing to people on their birthdays during lunch.

I feel the goal to be outward-oriented, as in looking beyond ourselves, is ery good and something we ca all strive for, but I did n't like that she did n't ake into consideration people 's thought.

lso, she was s ba, too careless of people 's opinions, too saint like, too selfless; I guess to me she felt too perfect, not real.

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After his collection is mentioned in a local newspaper, Leo receives a second porcupine necktie for his birthday, left anonymously by Stargirl.

Hillari Kimble, the most popular girl at Leo 's school, declares that Stargirl is a fake, and speculation and rumors abound.

Though at first rejected by most of the students, Stargirl gains a measure of popularity by joining the cheerleading squad.

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Boy -- who is nice enough, but little inhibited, a little in need of some inspiration -- meets outrageous, free-spirited, earthy girl who changes his life forever by teaching him to stop caring what other people think and be silly and really live, man.

Stargirl goes to a lot of trouble to reach out to people, and she does it without asking for any sor of thanks, but bein someone sing " Happy Birthday " to you in the middle of a crowded room or broadcasting your love for someone without talking to them first has always struck me as somewhat inconsiderate.

It 's true that Stargirl is portrayed as completely innocent, and it 's ighly possible that she lacks the necessary social filters to understand why being serenaded with " Happy Birthday " is n't merely a desired gift, but it made me less sympathetic toward her.

Thi more succinct way to describe the last two paragraphs is this: the Stargirl character is inspiring but not original, and the heavy-handed message of Everyone Needs to Lighten Up and Be More Appreciative of Each Other is well-intentioned but shortsighted.Otherwise, the story was all right.

Stargirl might lack social filters, but Leo behaves like a complete ass to her, resulting in he story 's somewhat bitter ending.

She 's gone, so she 'll always be exactly as she was at sixteen and he can idolize her and righteously lament how perfect she was and how stupid he was.) But Stargirl does n't eserve the shitty way everyone has treated her, and she is probably at her most realistically human when she changes herself out of desire for Leo 's acceptance.

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