Stargirl (Black Apples) Hardcover – 23 Aug 2001
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An unforgettable, magical fairytale. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Stargirl Caraway arrives at Mica High and everything changes for Leo Borlock. At first everyone likes her non-conformist attitude, but when it starts to wear thin, the students shun her. Not Leo, for he finds that he has fallen in love with her.See all Product Description
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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!
Stargirl tells the story of Susan 'Stargirl' Caraway, a home-schooled free spirit who has just joined the local high school in Mica, Arizona. She immediately draws attention with her eccentric ways. She brings a ukulele into school and sings Happy Birthday to random strangers, she dresses differently and she does little random acts of kindness. Gradually, her kindness and kookiness win over the school, including an introverted boy called Leo, until events occur that end up turning everyone against her.
Stargirl is a touching and thoughtful book, a celebration of individualism and a condemnation of the kind of society that would stifle it. I loved the concept and Jerry Spinelli's cast of characters leap right off the page at you. The sheep-like school students are all recognizable: the cheerleaders, the vacuous himbo, the introverts, the mean girls and Stargirl is plunked among them all like an Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water. The book itself drifts and meanders in a very pleasant way, much like Stargirl herself.
As much as I enjoyed the book, I’ll admit that there were points in the book where I found myself idly wondering what it would be like to plant my hand over Stargirl’s face and give her a good shove backwards. Don't get me wrong: I loved her quirkiness, her innocence and her caring nature, but sometimes she came across as just ridiculously naive. Similarly, I liked Leo, but there were times when I wanted to kick him in the kneecaps for being so bothered about what other people thought.
At the bittersweet end of the story the town does seem to atone for their bullying behaviour and embrace their own individualism somewhat, but the moral does appear to be: if you don't conform, you will be bullied and ostracized until you and your family are forced to leave town.
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Bought it for my daughter but read it also. Would recommend for pre/early teen. Enjoyed it.Published 15 days ago by Miss E.
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I have to admit, I loved and hated Stargirl in equal measures. Some of the things that she did was borderline creepy. Other things I could see as thoughtful and kind gestures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Escapades of a Bookworm
such a beautiful way with words, hitting some quotes which warm your heart eg 'her smile put the sunflowers to shame' HOLY CRAP!!! so simple yet just. beautiful and adorable . Read morePublished 4 months ago by em
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Stargirl is a popular young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli, originally published... Read more
I loved this book, it was sweet. I was surprised if I'm honest that this book was written by an older person (no offence intended!) as it was very true to school life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nicholas
Was in ok condition, big sticker on the front but otherwise was in very good condition. Haven't finished reading the book yet.Published 12 months ago by Katie Bruce