Stargirl by Jerry SpinelliStargirl by Jerry Spinelli


byJerry Spinelli

Mass Market Paperback | May 11, 2004

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A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller that celebrates the power of individuality and personal expression from beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli.

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.

Don’t miss the sequel, Love, Stargirl, and Jerry Spinelli’s latest novel, The Warden’s Daughter, about another girl who can't help but stand out.
“Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times
JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden's Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with h...
Title:StargirlFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.94 × 4.25 × 0.55 inPublished:May 11, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0440416779

ISBN - 13:9780440416777

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful "The earth is speaking to us, but we can't hear because of all the racket our senses are making. Sometimes we need to erase them, erase our senses. Then - maybe - the earth will touch us. The universe will speak. The stars will whisper." "Learn to be imperfect and happy at the same time."
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! This was the most beautiful book. I absolutely loved the message behind the story, and it was delivered in the sweetest way.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet One of the cutest books I've read. It's really original and I think it deserves to be turned into a movie!
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique I would definitely re-read this book. Is it weird that I relate more to Stargirl than Leo or anyone else in this story? I think the mob mentality is a bit much but I think it has a great theme of individually and I adored the ending. I feel like this is a book, I would want my own kid to read. Yeah Leo is kinda a jerk for 'only' liking her when she was normal but still that is a little normal isn't. Though, over dramatic for plot, individuality can be hard.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and lovely I read this book about a year ago and I still kept thinking about it. It's the kind of book that would stick with you (at least in my case) because of the main character's personality. It's very easy to read (like grade school level type of book) and you may actually finish it in a day. I think it's beautifully written that I actually copied some lines and saved it on my phone just to read it some time. PS be prepared for the ending.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book honestly changed not only me as a person, but my view of others as well. This book is so inspirational and life altering! Stargirl is the kind of person we should all strive to be.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 stars Great book. Loved the character Stargirl. So quirky.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book is a great coming of age novel, full of great characters and lessons that we all came across in our younger years.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring and sad Nothing even really happens until Leo talks to Stargirl. For the first 14 chapters its just Leo describing her from afar. Once they do start spending time together it is very briefly sweet. But then everything suddenly goes so terribly wrong.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl A really good book for preteens/teens. A coming of age story about individuality, conformity and dealing with negative people. Really good insight.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from StarGirl An interesting book about a girl who is different.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever Great way to portray to always to be yourself and it's the best you.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hopeless Romantic Dreamer Whimsical Soul I have loved this book since elementary and it pretty much sums up who I am in my world. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eloquent I liked that it is short, and sort of magical #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story I loved this book when I was younger. The story is captivating and emotionally draws you in.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from classic The students love it and it's a short, easy read. I think there's better YA out there, but it's great to see that kids are quickly engaged.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful this book was so important to me when I was younger.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from you'll love it or you won't. I was scared I wouldn't like this book as much as I did when I was in the 8th Grade. I did however forget how much I didn't like the ending. Nonetheless it was great to reread this book. I just might reread Love Stargirl as well.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book. An excellent book, I truly loved it when I was younger and still love it to this day.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical A loner that doesn't feel like a loner catches the eye of a Leo, a boy who has no idea what he's in for. Something about the way Stargirl is makes me wonder how wonderful the world would be if we were all just whimsical and uninhibited.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Entertaining but ultimately not that enjoyable, a bit boring
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great book, really made you think
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable Tween read, not a teen book that is endearing to adults. Too cliché and too predictable.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I thought it was really boring at first, then it got better, then it got bad again, and I just couldn't seem to enjoy the whole thing.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent Tween read I reread this book every time I need a pick me up! #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated book I found this book so boring I stopped reading it...
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For Daughters I not only recommend reading this book, I recommend buying it, writing in the margins, and gifting it to your future daughter. This is a great book for young teen girls and should be on everyone's bookshelf. A favourite.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gives you a fresh pair of eyes to see the world I adore Stargirl. Read it, cherish it, and reread it again and again. It's lifechanging.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Basically a new take on life The writing was a bit boring at first but once you understand the story you are good. It may be boring to some because it doesnt have all that action or comedy but this is so much more realistic. When being a teenager in high school and things change so fast without you realizing.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Teaches children to understand the value of quirky/unusual/interesting people! This book should be mandatory for parents to give to their kids. If we all behaved like Stargirl this world would be a much better place
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of people I know hate this book NOT EVER BOOK HAS TO HAVE A LOT OF ACTION. I really enjoyed this book and it actually made me cry a little. I understand that it is a little bit boring because of the writing and not a lot goes on on the surface, but you have to really get into it to feel the emotions it is trying to inflict.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good For the most part, it was a pretty good read but it definitely had its put-down parts. It can get pretty boring for some, but it's worth finishing.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Amazing. Magical even! I loved this book so much that in 1 month I read it over 5 times! If you don't get the story, please remind yourself that Stargirl is a weird girl and that you need to think what Stargirl thinks. It is a great book and I would recommend it to ANYBODY!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transcendent Really beautiful portrayal of adolescence and the importance of letting uniqueness thrive. Handled the theme of bullying and how to deal with it in a realistic way. Loved Leo, loved Stargirl even more.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of my go-to books In all honesty, I found this book to be uneventful in the beginning and the main characters to be a little "bleh". As the story continued, I gradually fell in love with the plot and the individuality of Stargirl. She didn't care about the opinions of others and wasn't afraid to be her complete, utter self. I think that's an important thing for young girls to learn nowadays.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good! This is one of my all-time favourite books! I love how lighthearted and relatable it is.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites a wonderful and inspiring book that should be read by all in their teenage years (and even after!). a story about staying true to who you are and to go against what the culture would have you believe is the "norm" - this book was and still is a reminder that conformity is not all it's cracked up to be, and that maybe, its better to laugh loudly, love freely, and every once in a while, dance in the rain.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Star Girl I first read this book back in elementary school and actually enjoyed it. It's a really sweet, well written story that was hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thoughtful & Amazing !! I read this book for the first time in grade 6; disguised as a simple love story, this book goes far beyond what I thought it'd be! I've re-read it since and have loved it every time afterwards. Leo and Stargirl have one of those love's that you never forget and can always look back on. I can surely say that this book changed my young mind.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute I love this cute little story as I do with all Jerry Spinelli books. I would recommend this to people of all ages because it gives you a different perspective of lives.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Story I liked this book primary due to the subject matter - it showed that as humans we are very skeptical when it comes to accepting difference and it was amazing to see it in a school setting where it happens all the time. I love the character of Stargirl as well she was just whimsical and magical
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had me crying Read this while I was in middle school left such a large impact on me. I had picked it up thinking it was like another other teen book I was reading but it felt so real. The narrator isn't so much the main character but more like a support which makes the perspective interesting. The story is sometimes a little confusing to read because of this unique perspective though.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not too good This book was okay the end was good but the rest was just okay but i am! Happy I kept reading It. Review by Cutesy Pie11
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool I thought it was great. It was very interesting and the book made me want to keep reading, i never wantd to put stargirl down!!!
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from StarGirl This book is good so far, I'm reading. It in school
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing We read this book in 6th grade and it was awesome. The way that she gives herself to everyone. If you havent, you should read this book.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever In love with these characters
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Ispiring Book Stargirl Caraway is a new girl at the high school. She is instantly out-casted by her peers because she is a non-conformist. Because of that fact, this book really changed the way I see everyone and everything. It showed me that now ,in the modern society, to fit it, you have to be the same as everyone else, a conformist. I really admired Stargirl. She is and inspiration and should be everyone's role model. It's a great book for young kids (girls especially) to read to show that you CAN be yourself.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stargirl pretty good book. i liked some parts a lot and i didnt like some parts a lot! it was kinda wierd at some parts but over all it was good. i liked Leo and Stargirl together when they were boyfriend and girlfriend. but stargirl caraway was a little strange. 3/5 2010-014
Date published: 2010-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! The back of the book was definitely different. The beginning was a little slow but it got better.I didn't like how someone changed just to get attention from a boy. It was better when Stargirl was Stargirl;unique.The end was pretty sad. I will definitely read the sequel.
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magicaly , Amazing She laughed when there was no joke.She danced when there was no music. She had no friends yet she was the friendliest person in school. In her answers in class , she often spoke oh sea horses and stars, But she did not know what a football was. She said there waqs no televison in her house. She was elusive. she was today. she was tomorrow. she was faintest sent of a cactus flower , the flitting shadow of an elf owl. we did not know what to make of her. in our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but merely went through and away she flew. Stargirl , a name by anyother rose, would smell as sweet. Or so we thought. Stargirl moves to Arizona's own Mica high , expecting to meet new people, in searching to belong, but merely is the oppisite. Stargirl is the new girl and no one knows what to think of her and her mysterious Name. The students turn on stargirl for all that makes her diffrent . Except for leo borlock. Stargirl seems to catch Leo's heart with a glimes oh her insanely large eyes and her freckles just "dancing" on her nose. Leo Try's to turn Stargirl into the thing she fears most NORMAL. This book kept me wanting more, What is she up to what will happen next! Are Questions that will flow through your mind as reading this enchanting story. Every School has the odd one out but this is plain strange! Jerry Spenelli .. I give you a standing ovation, This book is So discriptive and so in depth and never left a dull moment. from front to back this book with Amaze you with diffrent people diffrent places. A mixture of romance and comedy, high school situations. I will never forget this book and everytime i'm in need of a bost for need to get out of a sticky situation i think to myself what would stargirl do. This book is recomended for all People of all ages, ready for a storm of magic, excitment and romance. This book is a extremely important part of any libaray!
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dance as if no one is looking.... The female character within this novel is seen as strange by the students at her high school because she doesn't fear about what people think of her. She wears what she wants, says what she pleases and acts without caring what people think. However, even though everyone else laughs behind her back, a guy starts to see how she has good intentions and begins to fall in love with her :)
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Star Girl is awesome!!! Star Girl is great! I loved it sooooo much. I could read it a million times and never get bored of it, well maybe not a MILLION!
Date published: 2008-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Absolute Read This book is about a new girl, but not any new girl, Stargirl. This girl was nothing close to normal but she didn't care. Well everybody else did. So did Leo, well at least for awhile. I have to thank my teacher for suggesting this marvelous book. If anything I thought it was delightful and heart warming.
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book The title of this book is called Stargirl written by jerry Spinelli, the characters would be: Stargirl, Leo, Kevin, Hillari, Archie, Cinnamon, Wayne and Dori. Stagirl is a book that is about a girl called Stargirl or if you would rather call her Susan, well she has been homeschool for about 3-4 years and finally goes to a real school for once.Once she gets there all eyes were on her because she was so different from everyone else. She started to become popular because of it. Later on in this book people started to get annoyed by herand starts to betray her when she starts chearing for both teams cause she wanted everyone to be happy. I personally think the book was kind of boring in the end but gets really interesting in the middle and the end. Well I would reccomend that if it gets boring in the beggining keep reading cause it will get interesting. Ohh one more thing later on around in the middle of the book Stargirl tells someone she loves him. So read the book!!!! And if you like the book read the next one if you don't then don't read the sequal Love, Stargirl.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from very good at the middle, but the beginning not really The book, Stargirl is pretty interesting in the middle of the book.. at first Stargirl was pretty strange iWonder why Stargirl suddenly sing birthday songs to people, but its really their birthday. Well i kinda like this book ... it seems pretty interesting . i think stufff happened to Stargirl , it can happen to anyone in this world. i didn't finish reading the book yet, my friend told me that Stargirl is going to move away . and i really wonder why is she moving away. i think she can't stand people treating them really badly.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from very good at the middle, but the beginning not really The book, Stargirl is pretty interesting in the middle of the book.. at first Stargirl was pretty strange iWonder why Stargirl suddenly sing birthday songs to people, but its really their birthday. Well i kinda like this book ... it seems pretty interesting . i think stufff happened to Stargirl , it can happen to anyone in this world. i didn't finish reading the book yet, my friend told me that Stargirl is going to move away . and i really wonder why is she moving away. i think she can't stand people treating them really badly.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good twists, great book Realistic enough to be true yet seems so immpossible. What would happen to the high school once someone who is completely different joins in from her years of home-schooling? Stargirl, tenth grade, was home-schooled untill then and her pet rat always ride around in her backpack. How would students react to her, with the ukelele and the singing? Will they adore or detest her? The Hot Seat show didn't go well, not her as a cheerleader either. When she leaves a Valentine card for Leo, would this change him? I'd personally say this is a great book. With its short chapters, you'll want to keep reading. 34 chapters,and the begining of the mysterious porcupine necktie. Fast ending, sudden change. No one knows where Stargirl is. Can Leo find her again someday? Read it to find out! (Seriously, do it.) After you're done, consider the sequal, Love Stargirl.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from more fun than I expected I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Though it's focus is decidedly young, it still made for an engaging read. I smiled many times, and even chuckled a few. I kinda wish I could meet this stargirl. I think I would like her. I look forward to an evening with the sequel.
Date published: 2008-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stargirl i really thought this book was good because , it teaches you about friendship and love belive in yourself. i suggest you read it . i give it 5 stars. i've read it 19 times. and proble 1,000 more times.
Date published: 2008-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I thought it was an awesome book about love, friendship, and finding yourself. It was a great read, but not something that I could read and be absorbed in more than once. For that I give it only 4 stars.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelieveable This book is so indescribable. I have read it 4 times and still could read it 2000 more times! It is one of the best books I have ever read. And trust me I have read plenty of books. The way Jerry writes makes me melt. READ THIS BOOK! IF you don't you are so missing out!
Date published: 2007-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This is a great book expressing how this outcast really is able to ignore all the rumors and just be herself! I absoltely love it, and know now how outcast are somehow treated!!!
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of THE BEST This was one of the best book I have EVER read, and believe me, thats a lot. My friend told me about it, and I borrowed it from her, and WOW! It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I loved the way Spinelli structured his sentences. The way he described this unbelievable character. She's someone that everyone in real life wants to be. Someone who is their own person. Doesnt care about what other people think. Helps others. I LOVED it!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Innocent As a homeschooler, I understand how tough it is to go into the public schools. This book is a success story while also being light and completely delightful. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a sweet read.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spinelli Strikes again Spinelli really captures the feeling of isolation, love and belonging. I'm sure that many people can relate to the feeling of "fitting in" as Stargirl does. I sure can, i have moved twelve times and so i know how going to a new school can feel, i know how trying to fit in can feel too.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Has a little of Stargirl in them I really enjoyed Stargirl. I believe everyone has a little bit of Stargirl in them. I was the part where everyone shunned me no matter how nice i was and all the nice things i did for people. It never mattered. This book was really excellent in the sense that it was from a guy's experiance. And i love the ending. it is not what you expect and i love the turn around in the story. I think this book should be read in schools and on every recommendation list. Everyone is a Little weird inside and it just depends on the person of how much it comes out. I think everyone can relate to this book.
Date published: 2006-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book a must read!!!! I always was picky about books and I only like certain ones. When a person recommended it i didn't want to read i thought it was just weird. But then when i read the first ten pages i was getting drawn into it, it was really interesting. But anyways in the end i was surprised it ended that quickly! Must read.
Date published: 2006-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Title.? This book was okay. Above average, for sure. I didn't really feel like Leo loved Stargirl as much as I did when in Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen. But, this is still a pretty good book, Stargirl was described well && I epsecially liked the romantic moments with Stargirl + Leo. A part to remember is the HOT SEAT, that was very well written. I recommend this book, absolutely. It couldn't be alot better.
Date published: 2005-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unenjoyable No offence this book is realy boreing! I almost always finish a book once I start it but with this one no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't keep reading. It was just unrelatable, unappealing and simply not interesting enough to finish! But maybe if I ever did try to finish it I will feel different about it.
Date published: 2005-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Stargirl is an interesting book, and I enjoyed it a lot. I just finished reading it today. It's very funny, and Stargirl (Susan) is VERY weird. Spinelli really wrote this book greatly. I love it.
Date published: 2005-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing Special I bought this book thinking it would be really good but i was veeery disapointed. It was very boring and the story was weak.
Date published: 2004-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book not to be missed last year I started reading a book called Stargirl. The cover and back of the book didin't give any hints of what it was going to be about so I decided I would start reading it to see what it would be about. The book swept me away!, I couldn't stop reading it. I loved every sentence! This was my first Jerry Spinelli book and it will certainly not be the last!!!!
Date published: 2004-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved Stargirl Stargirl is one of the very few books that changes how I view the world. I took one look at the cover and instantly wanted to read it. I read it to my mom when she was sick, she laughed and cried even though she had a sore throat. Stargirl is one of the best books i have ever read.
Date published: 2004-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This was an interesting book about a girl that is different then everyone else. I found it a bit slow in a couple of spots, but mainly good. I think that it should be read in junior high.
Date published: 2004-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ!!!!!***** a must read. A wonderful book about leo's view of stargirl.A bit of a romatic book but has a never know what will happen next thing in there. But still a great book.
Date published: 2004-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book in the World! I read this book, like, in grade 6. I am usually really hard on book reveiws, but this is one of the few books of the 200 I've read over the last few years that I have fell in love with, (I even named my puppy after her!) . No need for a squale, this book is amazing, Stargirl has the care-free personallity that we all need, could not put is down also ~ DO NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO SAY IT'S BORING-THEY PROBABLY DID NOT EVEN READ IT!
Date published: 2004-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a Snore!!! This book is one of the most boring books you could ever read! I love books and am a constant reader and this is one of the most silly and stupid books I have ever read. My advice: don't read this if you like interesting and exciting books.
Date published: 2004-03-21
Date published: 2004-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've read... Ever since I saw the cover of Stargirl, I always wondered what the story was about. So I bought the book, and read it. Stargirl is a very unique girl, who stands out a littl too much from Mica High. She gets popular, then they shun her. Leo, whose heart was captured by Stargirl, was desperate for her love, but didnt want to get shunned. Stargirl loved him so much, that she acutually tried to act normal like everybody else, but failed. The book Stargirl shows an amazing feauture about a highschool kid. It showed me that different people are even more special than normal people. They could change our lives forever... Best Wishes, Beacee.
Date published: 2003-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stargirls great! OH my gosh! This was such an excellent!!! book!!! It's a must READ!!!
Date published: 2003-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth its weight in gold It is one of the most powerful books you will ever read. It will urge you to change yourself but find in this action you become the most you you have ever been
Date published: 2003-08-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cliched I'm usually fairly open-minded with books that I read, giving them a fair chance. But Stargirl didn't capture my attention at all. I forced myself to finish it because I hate leaving any book hanging. It was really cliched and boring, in my opinion. Very elementary.
Date published: 2003-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This is truly one of the best books i have ever read. It really talks about how status and popularity effects peoples lives and how cruel some people can be to other people based on how they dress, or act. Stargirl is a truly memorable character. She proves you don't have to be the most populare person in the world to be happy, which now a days is a lesson which should be taught to more people. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2003-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This was a bummer... This book was sooooooooooo boring and a bit stupid. Here's some advice: DON'T BUY IT! Maybe it's just me though. I like authors like J.R.R. Tolkein,and Phillip Pullmen, J.K. Rowling etc.
Date published: 2003-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ!!! I thought this book showed how much you can change to try to become a better person. it is a great book, A MUST READ!
Date published: 2003-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this book!!! Stargirl is a terrific book! This book really shows readers about how people can are treated and how sometimes people treat other people different because of what they do or what they look like. I think everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2002-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST!! This was definitely the best book i have ever read. If you are between 13-17 you will probably love this book!!
Date published: 2002-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing Wow. Beautifully written, lyrical story about the conflict between being true to yourself and the desire to fit in. Funny and sweet and sad and touching. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2002-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl The most awesome book ever! i could hardly put it down. But stargirl is so cool being such an individual that everyone starts too follow her instead of being elastic reaction Mica High.I think telling the story from leo's point of view and not stargirl's is the best!!
Date published: 2002-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astounding This book is not what I expected, yet I loved every part of it. The way Jerry Spinelli touches on first love is so heart-warming! Well planned and written... hopefully there'll be a sequal!
Date published: 2002-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was good i liked this book, but it wasn't interesting enough because it wasn't too believable. But still a great read.
Date published: 2002-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Not only is it completely different from anything I've read but it's better. It takes us outside of life as we know it so we can examine from the other perspective the perspective hidden deep down inside that urges us to be the next Star Girl. It makes you think about how society works and wonder why you go along with it.
Date published: 2002-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (Second) Best Book I Ever Read! Why not judge a book by its cover? The story is just as good as it looks! It has so many life philosophies in it, and they make you realize the stuff we normally won't. And don't you dare tell me that this book is boring or you don't understand what the author is talking about. Just use your brain.
Date published: 2002-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl This is an excellent book! It is undoubtedly the best book I have ever read. This book shoud be read by everybody young or old. A work of art!
Date published: 2002-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OK The book was good and interesting but I expected more.
Date published: 2002-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl This book was amazing! It was so easy to believe, and the characters have to deal with real life problems. I loved this book.
Date published: 2002-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I had this when I really could've used it. I remember what it was like to be different. When you are or have been thought of as different from everybody else, regardless of the reason , you never forget, even after you've changed , been molded, conformed; you never forget what it felt like to be hated for the parts of yourself that you can't change, and otherwise wouldn't want to. It's been a while since I've cried over way-back-when. It's been a while since I have consciously remembered the details of incidents when it was made clear to me in various ways - always unexpected, always cruel - that I didn't belong. That they were one, and I was something else entirely, something else that had no right to friendship, to kindness, to consideration. I've never forgotten, but I hadn't consciously thought about it again until during and after I was reading Stargirl . Today, not only am I consciously aware of the details all over again (a mixed blessing), but I feel as though I have reached an understanding that I had lo
Date published: 2002-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK I EVER READ ************** Star Girl is the best book ever. It is so down to earth and real. It shows the true emotions of a girl and a guy. At the end you will cry just like me! I loved this book and can't wait to purchase it!
Date published: 2002-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stargirl This book is beautiful!!! I loved it!! It's heart warming and funny.... you should defintily read this one, it's so great!!
Date published: 2002-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from One of the worst books Iv ever read ..... One of the worst books Iv ever read . It was so boring I got hafe way through [forcing my self to read that fare] I geuss the expreshon " Dont jouge a book because of its cover " realy douse mean somthing in this case Because that was the only resone I bought the book I liked the way the cover looked thats the only resone I gave it two points .
Date published: 2001-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jerrys done it again! This book is so funky! Its unbeliveable, Jerry Spenelli's books are so funny but so real. Star girl is definatly one of his best.
Date published: 2000-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from STARGIRL A spiritually moving book, Stargirl shows forth her love for people, greeting strangers and sending cards and letters around. She met Leo Borlock when her parnets moved to Mica. He became her friend, after the other students shunned her and anyone with her. He tried to do the very thing that would destroy her, making her normal, and thankfully did not succeed. Stargirl, from her name to the ukelele and the rat that she carried with her, were hated by the entire school. Until one night. The prom. She came in a dress that looked as if it were made of flowers, and led the kids out into the desert, dancing, and did not come back for a long time. She left that night, and her house went up for sale. He never saw her since.
Date published: 2000-11-27

Read from the Book

When I was little, my Uncle Pete had a necktie with a porcupine painted on it.  I though that necktie was just about the neatest thing in the world.  Uncle Pete would stand patiently before me while I ran my fingers over the silky surface, half expecting to be stuck by one of the quills.  Once, he let me wear it.  I kept looking for one of my own, but I could never find one. I was twelve when we moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona.  When Uncle Pete came to say goodbye, he was wearing the tie.  I though he did so to give me one last look at it, and I was grateful.  But then, with a dramatic flourish, he whipped off the tie and draped it around my neck.  "It's yours," he said.  "Going-away present." I loved that porcupine tie so much that I decided to start a collection.  Two years after we settled in Arizona, the number of ties in my collection was still one.  Where do you find a porcupine necktie in Mica, Arizona - or anywhere else, for that matter? On my fourteenth birthday, I read about myself in the local newspaper.  The family section ran a regular feature about kids on their birthdays, and my mother had called in some info.  The last sentence read: "As a hobby, Leo Borlock collects porcupine neckties." Several days later, coming home from school, I found a plastic bag on our front step.  Inside was a gift-wrapped package tied with yellow ribbon.  The tag said, "Happy Birthday!"  I opened the package.  It was a porcupine necktie.  Two porcupines were tossing darts with their quills, while a third was picking its teeth. I inspected the box, the tag, the paper.  Nowhere could I find the giver's name.  I asked my parents. I asked my friends.  I called my Uncle Pete.  Everyone denied knowing anything about it. At the time I simply considered the episode a mystery.  It did not occur to me that was being watched.  We were all being watched."Did you see her?"That was the first thing Kevin said to me on the first day of school, eleventh grade. We were waiting for the bell to ring."See who?" I said."Hah!" He craned his neck, scanning the mob. He had witnessed something remarkable; it showed on his face. He grinned, still scanning. "You'll know."There were hundreds of us, milling about, calling names, pointing to summer-tanned faces we hadn't seen since June. Our interest in each other was never keener than during the fifteen minutes before the first bell of the first day.I punched his arm. "Who?"The bell rang. We poured inside.I heard it again in homeroom, a whispered voice behind me as we said the Pledge of Allegiance."You see her?"I heard it in the hallways. I heard it in English and Geometry:"Did you see her?"Who could it be? A new student? A spectacular blonde from California? Or from back East, where many of us came from? Or one of those summer makeovers, someone who leaves in June looking like a little girl and returns in September as a full-bodied woman, a ten-week miracle?And then in Earth Sciences I heard a name: "Stargirl."I turned to the senior slouched behind me. "Stargirl?" I said. "What kind of name is that?""That's it. Stargirl Caraway. She said it in homeroom.""Stargirl?""Yeah."And then I saw her. At lunch. She wore an off-white dress so long it covered her shoes. It had ruffles around the neck and cuffs and looked like it could have been her great-grandmother's wedding gown. Her hair was the color of sand. IT fell to her shoulders. Something was strapped across her back, but it wasn't a book bag. At first I thought it was a miniature guitar. I found out later it was a ukulele.She did not carry a lunch tray. She did carry a large canvas bag with a life-size sunflower painted on it. The lunchroom was dead silent as she walked by. She stopped at an empty table, laid down her bag, slung the instrument strap over he chair, and sat down. She pulled a sandwich from the bag and started to eat.Half the lunchroom kept staring, half starting buzzing.Kevin was grinning. "Wha'd I tell you?"I nodded."She's in tenth grade," he said. "I hear she's been homeschooled till now.""Maybe that explains it," I said.Her back was to us, so I couldn't see her face. No one sat with her, but at the tables next to hers kids were cramming two to a seat. She didn't seem to notice. She seemed marooned in a sea of staring buzzing faces.Kevin was grinning again. "You thinking what I'm thinking?" he said.I grinned back. I nodded. "Hot Seat."Hot Seat was our in-school TV show. We had started it the year before. I was producer/director, Kevin was on-camera host. Each month he interviewed a student. So far most of them had been honor student types, athletes, model citizens. Noteworthy in the usual ways, but not especially interesting.Suddenly Kevin's eyes boggled. The girl was picking up her ukulele. And now she was strumming it. And now she was singing! Strumming away, bobbing her head and shoulders, singing "I'm looking over a four-leaf clover that I over-looked before." Stone silence all around. Then came the sound of a single person clapping. I looked. It was the lunch-line cashier.And now the girl was standing, slinging her bag over one shoulder and marching among the tables, strumming and singing and strutting and twirling. Head swung, eyes followed her, mouths hung open. Disbelief. When she came by our table, I got my first good look at her face. She wasn't gorgeous, wasn't ugly. A sprinkle of freckles crossed the bridge of her nose. Mostly she looked like a hundred other girls in school, except for two things. She wore no makeup, and her eyes were the biggest I had ever seen, like deer's eyes caught in headlights. She twirled as she went past, he flaring skirt brushing my pantleg, and then she marched out of the lunchroom.From among the tables came three slow claps. Someone whistled. Someone yelped.Kevin and I gawked at each other.Kevin held up his hands and framed a marquee in the air. "Hot Seat! Coming Attraction - Stargirl!"I slapped the table. "Yes!"We slammed hands.

Bookclub Guide

1. As the saying goes, “love is blind.” How is this truly the case with Leo and Stargirl? Looking back, how can you tell that Leo was falling for her? And does he stay in love with her, even after she moves away?2. Professor Archie Brubaker is the voice of reason throughout the novel. Archie has many thoughtful insights into the personality of Stargirl, and at one point says about her: “You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.” Now that you’ve finished the novel, what do you think Archie means by this statement?3. While Stargirl is a guest on “Hot Seat,” Kevin asks her why she changed her name. Do you accept her reason why she did this? How is “Stargirl” an ideal name for her? Think about the possibility of changing your name several times. Do you think your name is an integral part of who you are, or can you imagine yourself with another one?4. In the beginning, Hillari Kimble seems to be the only person who openly dislikes Stargirl. But then others begin to feel the same way as Hillari. Do you think that groups of people need a leader, like Hillari Kimble, to turn opinions against another person?5. Do you, as a reader, like Stargirl? If you were a student at Mica High, would you reach out to her like Dori Dilson, or reject her like Hillari Kimble? Do you think the students of Mica High are ultimately too harsh on Stargirl?6. Popularity, fitting in, and “sameness” are all key themes in Stargirl. Find places in the novel that reinforce these themes and discuss. Do you think Stargirl ever wanted to be popular? How might she define popularity?7. 1.After Stargirl changes back to “Susan,” Leo says “she look magnificently, wonderfully, gloriously ordinary. She looked just like a hundred other girls at Mica High…. I had never been so happy and proud in my whole life.” How did you feel when you read this part of the novel?8. Author Jerry Spinelli plays two major events in this novel off of each other: the basketball championships and the oratorical contest. After Stargirl wins the oratorical contest, Leo says that “the cheering is as wild as that of the crowd at a championship basketball game.” Stargirl is the focus at both events but in very different ways. How is she rejected at one and accepted at the other? And how does this acceptance ultimately lead to rejection?9. The Ocotillo Ball at the end of the novel represents a turning point. Do you think Stargirl made a deliberate attempt to say good-bye at the ball? What do you make of the students’ behavior at the ball, and what does this tell you about the student body of Mica High as a whole?10. Archie says about Stargirl, “Star people are rare. You’ll be lucky to meet another.” Do you think Leo was grown-up enough for his relationship with Stargirl? How about the students of Mica High? Will Leo ever figure Stargirl out?11. What is the irony at the end of Stargirl? Is Stargirl popular after all? What happens to the “popular” kids in the story–do they stay popular?

Editorial Reviews

“A magical and heartbreaking tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred"Spinelli has produced a poetic allegorical tale about the magnificence and rarity of true nonconformity." -- The New York Times"Part fairy godmother, part outcast, part dream-come-true, [Stargirl] possesses many of the mythical qualities of Maniac Magee." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred"Stargirl is luminescent. . . . This book resonates long after the cover is closed." -- The Detroit News and Free Press"Stargirl tells us the captivating story of a magical, mysterious girl. . . . A wonder tribute to nonconformity." -- Chicago Tribune