Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Series: Stargirl #1
Format: Hard Copy purchased from the Library Book Sale
A celebration of nonconformity; a tense, emotional tale 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: don’t stand out–under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes–for Leo and for the entire 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 midst of Stargirl’s arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her.
In a celebration of nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity–and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
I can see why a lot of people love this book.
However, it did nothing for me.
I don’t know if the reason why I didn’t love this one was because of the story itself or just because it’s not necessarily the type of story I like. To me, I closed this book and immediately thought, “Ok… and?” I think I wanted more from the story than it ultimately gave.
I really liked Stargirl’s character and the progression of her effect on people. Though, I feel like this book could’ve been more impactful overall if actually liked the protagonist. And since we are in his head during the entire story, it definitely took something away.
And also, overall, this just isn’t my type of book. I’m not even sure how to categorize it. I like character-driven novels, but I was a little bored with this one.
Re-read Worthiness: No
Bookshelf Placement: Already there