Kirbie here. I just finished my new all time favorite book, Stargirl,
by Jerry Spinelli.
This is an inspiring book. That's the only word to sum it up. It inspires you
to be yourself, to be different. It is written from Leo Borlock's point of
view, yet he's not the main character. The main character is Stargirl.
Stargirl was home-schooled until the 10th grade. In 10th grade, she attended
Mica Area High School, a boring, ordinary school. When she first arrives, the
halls echo with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." Her creativity, her
friendliness, her originality, her ability to spark school-spirit with one pump
of her fist, her dazzling smile captures Leo's heart, and enchants every person
in school. At first.
Then they turn on her. They shun her and give her the silent treatment.
Stargirl seems to not care, but Leo, stricken with love, urges her to become the
very thing that threatens to destroy her: normal. He succeeds. Stargirl
becomes Susan, her parent-given name. She no longer wears long,
flowing skirts, no longer brings her pet rat or her ukulele to school. She no
longer dances in the rain. She no longer twirls in the halls to her own music,
or does good deeds out of kindness of the heart. She becomes a shopaholic, a
preppy, pretty, makeup and jewelry wearing girl. Leo is happy. But Stargirl
This is an enchanting book. 186 pages, but seems more like 20. It goes by
fast, almost too fast. You don't want to put it down. I'd recommend it for
ages 12 and older, because anyone younger may not understand. It's not some
sappy teenage love story. I encourage you to check it out from your local
Kirbie, over and out.