"Stargirl", by Jerry Spinelli, is a very touching story about a girl who dared to be different. She had a different kind of name (Stargirl), she wore a different kind of clothes, she brought a ukelele and a pet rat to school, but what really set her apart was that she cared. More than anything, she cared about the people around her.
When she first arrived at Leo's school, everyone was uncomfortable around her. She sang "Happy Birthday" to complete strangers, she wore no make-up and really unusual clothes, she made up her own version of the Pledge of Allegiance... At first no one believed she was real, then slowly people started to accept her, even like her.
However, later in the school year the whole school turned on her. Her only crime was not behaving the same way as everyone else, being herself, being different...
I loved this book because it really got me thinking. As I read it, I considered the people in my own school and thought about how we all strive to be the same, to be accepted. Jerry Spinelli wrote about a girl who did things that were just out of the question, things that were just not done and his message gets through very clearly: Why shouldn't these things be done? Why shouldn't people all be different?
All in all, a brilliant read and a very thought-provoking story. It really effects the reader. If enough people read it maybe it will incite a revolution!