Stargirl is a book that I make a point to read once every couple of months. It was recommended to me by a friend who likes it so much, she bought several copies for the express purpose of handing them out to people and thereby bettering their lives. As one who has read the book, I can confirm her theory. This novel by Jerry Spinelli is so heartwarming and genuine, it’s sure to find a place in your heart.
Stargirl is a tenth grader new to Mica Area High School after a lifetime of homeschooling. The narrator of the book, Leo, is extraordinarily normal, just like the rest of the students at Mica High. When Stargirl comes, everything changes. First of all, there’s her name, which she chose for herself. Then there’s her rat name Cinnamon who goes everywhere with her. she wears floor length skirts and carries a ukulele around with her so she can sing “happy Birthday” to her fellow classmates. Just like the rest of the Mica students, Leo has no idea what to make of her. One thing for sure, she’s not like anyone else he’s ever met. And, she kind of makes him nervous. But at the same time, just like the reader, he wants to find out more about her. Lucky for us, he gets over his bashfulness and does. And so do we.
By the end of this novel, you’ll be noticing the small stuff and appreciating the people in your life. Thanks to Spinelli’s descriptive, poestic language, you’ll be finding beauty in new places too. Though at a 7-9 grade level, this book is one that can be universally read and loved.
Reviewed by Mauri