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Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Back in the 2000’s, teachers at the school I attended began to talk about a new book that they loved. The book is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. They really loved the book and thought quite highly about the story. It helped that the book is about a new girl that moved into a small town in Arizona. Since my teachers taught at a school in a small town in Arizona, I decided to read the book. Since then, I forgot about reading the book until I found a copy of it for sale in 2020. I decided to buy it and reread it. Since the first time I read it, I have some thoughts about it that I wanted to share in a review post.

 

The book’s blurb is…

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

The book reminds me of my life going to school. I went to school in a small town in Arizona. I was the odd one in my graduating class not because I was new in the school or town, but because I wanted to be optimistic about things. Even though I never went as far as Stargirl to bring cheer to everyone, I still was bullied by my classmates because I wanted to see the world in a different way than they wanted to.

When I read this book for the first time as a teenager, it was hard to read. It reminded me of all the things I went through in school and why I didn’t have any friends. When I reread it, I remembered how hard it was for me to go through school. Yet, this book wasn’t as hard to read as it was the first time. Since leaving school, I have healed and now am happier than I ever was in school. I still enjoy learning, but I don’t miss the school bullying.

Despite my personal problems reading the book, this book is not a bad book. In fact, it is an easy to read and highly enjoyable book. It is written for anyone 12 years and older. Anyone in this age group will be able to read the book easily due to Spinelli’s style of writing and the length of the book. Despite it’s easier to read style of writing and length of the book (208 pages long), it still tells a complicated story about a girl that doesn’t fit in and the boy who fell in love with her.

Even though I had problems reading this book for the first time, I highly recommend this book to anyone with children 12 years or older (Or has an advanced reading level) or anyone curious about the book. It is an excellent book that is well written and is very believable. It may be harder for those who experienced bullying in school to read (Depending on the severity of the bullying and other factors) but I believe it is still worth a try. It is written in a non intimidating way that make it an enjoyable story to read, making it one of the best books I currently own to read about nonconformity, bullying, popularity, and what people will do for love.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

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