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 Write your own review! More books by Jerry Spinelli If you liked Stargirl, try these:. Out of My Mind. About this book. More by this author. Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. She's the smartest kid in her whole school - but no one knows it, because Melody can't talk.
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Read Full Excerpt. Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers! Stargirl is a true celebration of nonconformity. This oftentimes tense and emotional story explores the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity-and the thrill and inspiration of first love. The questions, discussion topics, and author information that follow are intended to guide readers and spark discussion as they begin to analyze the larger emotional, sociological, and literary elements of this exceptional and thought-provoking novel.
Discussion questions As the saying goes, "love is blind. 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? Professor Archie Brubaker is the voice of reason throughout the Read More. More about membership! This is the main theme in Jerry Spinelli's latest offering, Stargirl. When Stargirl Caraway enters Leo Borlock's life, her impact is both disturbing and permanent.
Stargirl is a ukulele-strumming, plain-faced, costume-donning character that enters a cookie-cutter student body at an Arizona high school. Her antics range from annoying to amusing, and the prevailing attitude is clearly defined by her peers as her fame rises and falls, time and again. Middle school students will enjoy comparing and contrasting the characters, but high school students can delve much deeper into theme and application.
This is not just another 'underdog makes good' story; in fact, a probing question is whether Stargirl's actions are positive at all. She is an anti-teenager, if ever there was one: She's not cool, she shuns the attentions and opinions of others, and offers her heart in completely constructive ways.
Some of the expressions used are also mad weird. Like this phrase, here: She faced the mountains, bathed in sun syrup, her face as still and peaceful as I've ever seen a face. Sun Syrup? As I've ever seen a face? What the hell? The message, which is clearly "originality is great" and "be yourself" and all that jazz, was practically shoved down the reader's throat, as painfully as an only-partially-chewed chip fragment, and just as excruciatingly slowly.
I get it, Jerry Spinelli. I really don't like it when the message of a book is so painstakingly obvious; I like to have to think. Now I'm not saying a book has to be as cryptic as a crossword or anything, but this book should have just been called "Shoving the merits of originality down your throat. The fact that Stargirl followed people around, made up stories about them, sent them anonymous gifts, and took their pictures sort of left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
I understand that the acts were meant to be nice, but that doesn't change how creepy the actions were. This scene: "He's nuzzling you. He likes you. Especially your ears. He never meets an ear he doesn't love. By the time he's done, that ear of yours will be clean as a whistle. Especially if there's some leftover peanut butter in it. You must have something crusty in there. Have you washed your ears lately?
Star's rat was eating the narrator's ear. Yes, straight from the book, word for word, page I think I need to move on to a book meant for an older audience. This one killed me. I am dead now. Dec 17, Jasmine rated it really liked it. View all 16 comments. Shelves: favorites , adults , young-adult , yrs. This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens.
It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations. These are presen This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. These are presented from a variety of points of view, creating a web of relationships and perspectives that reflects the reality of a life truly lived with others. These stories meet you where you are and show you how to be better.
If they could have a spiritual comparison, they are Jacques Philippe in story form, for a younger audience. They teach you how to truly live in the present, sharing your life with others. Feb 09, Diana Book of Secrets rated it it was amazing Shelves: j-middle-grade. Stargirl is so unique, kind, innocent The students love her, until they don't.
But she is unfazed. Leo loves her, but with conditions, it seems. I think her greatest friend was not Leo, but Dori Dilson — what a loyal, brave girl, who we didn't learn nearly enough about. Leo is the narrator for the entire book, which is probably my only complaint. I would love to 4. I would love to have gotten inside of Stargirl's head which I think happens in the sequel , or maybe alternated POVs between Leo and Dori. I enjoyed the Southwestern desert setting too.
Beautiful descriptions! Nov 15, Julie Zantopoulos rated it it was amazing Shelves: own-it , read-in Stargirl was the most pure and precious thing, ever. The writing was gorgeous and the characters were real and raw. Definitely a new fave. I will be rereading and annotating this one for sure. Oct 13, Claude's Bookzone rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , high-school , male-protagonist , nz-y9 , young-adult-book , mean-girls , nz-y10 , audiobook , memorable-characters , adorable.
Well that was beautifully sad. Jerry takes us on an emotional journey in this book about non-conformity and acceptance. Yes it is trope filled. Yes there are plenty of archetypal high school characters. However, the story is all heart. I want to say this is purely a work of fiction, but I have been around long enough to see quite a few Stargirls transform into cookie cutter Barbies. Wonderfully read by the late John Ritter. Shelves: character , coming-of-age , issue , book-club , young-adult , contemporary.
Truthfully I did not expect to like this book. I expected a heavily handed tale about acceptance. But here's the thing: I did not like Star Girl. The story is about a free-spirited girl whose named herself Star Girl who shows up for her first year of public education as a sophomore and the typical apathetic student body doesn't quite know how to respond to her.
Normally when I read stories about the quirky outcast, I want to shield them from cruelty of the popular crowd, but I found myself sympa Truthfully I did not expect to like this book. Normally when I read stories about the quirky outcast, I want to shield them from cruelty of the popular crowd, but I found myself sympathizing with students at a loss of how to interpret this strange girl.
When Hillari told Star Girl that she ruined everything, I concurred. And when Star Girl equated being normal with the most popular girl in school I sighed heavily at how little she understood the workings of high school friendship. It never was about blending in and finding common ground with her. She wasn't happy unless she was blazing her own trail without consciousness of who she plowed through in the process.
Having too much personal experience with people who don't understand social cues or possess the mental valve to filter, I know what it's like to be embarrassed by people on social thin ice. I didn't find Star Girl a rare charming bird that should be bottled unaltered.
I found her disrespectful and obnoxious. OK, her goodwill was charming, but interrupting a football game to climb the goal post or showing up at a funeral and interfering with the grieving is not. Being different is one thing, but interfering with other's choice to follow social guidelines is just as unaccepting as those who shun anyone who doesn't follow the crowd. There has to be a balance between keeping your individuality and allowing other's to chose theirs, as well as respecting the social proprieties that make people feel comfortable.
I found myself siding with the crowd and I know had I met a girl like that in high school I would have rolled my eyes at her theatrics and ignored her too refusing to allow her to always be the center of attention. I was not sad for her but angry at her for what she did to Leo. To just assume he would make a decision and not give him the means to make amends.
This girl created her own drama. I have a feeling the author intended readers to be charmed by Star Girl and experience her social roller coaster on her emotional level, but I didn't. I experienced it from the conforming crowd. And that's exactly why I liked it. View all 4 comments. Jul 10, Madeline rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favorites , kids-and-young-adult.
We heard her greet us in the hallways and classrooms, and we wondered how she knew our names and our birthdays. Her caught-in-the-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing.
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 "We joined her as she sang 'Happy Birthday' to us in the lunchroom. In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was. She said there was no television in her house. She was elusive. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.
Mar 20, S. It started with a necktie. It ended with a necktie. But not just any kind of necktie and not just any kind of girl would give someone a gift with pictures of porcupines. I really loved this book. I did. This book had me completely mesm It started with a necktie. This book had me completely mesmerized. Of course, my heart broke for Leo. I nearly ordered it online last night but part of me wonders if I want to abandon this feeling I have of knowing and loving Stargirl exactly the way she is.
Does there really need to be a sequel? Do I need to know more than I already do about these characters? And so, I am moving on with a full heart. Thank you, Stargirl! View all 5 comments. Oct 16, Mel rated it it was ok Shelves: ebooks , read-in , 3-stars. I decided to just go ahead and complete it because all of the things I didn't like made me curious to see how they would be resolved. I absolutely detested every single character in this book that wasn't Stargirl herself.
They were disgusting, judgmental, and overall shitty people. I didn't really like the plot either. You're supposed to see how shitty these people treat Stargirl and realize that you can't bully others for being different. But the thing is, I don't think that comes across well in this book. Because the POV is one of the idiots, you just get the sense that it's okay to judge and hate this girl because she's different.
So I got the point, it's just not done well. I maintain my 2 star rating but I am giving it an extra 3 star because I liked the ending. I liked to see the impact that Stargirl had on people and this school and I hope that she did really well for herself in life. I won't be reading the second book because from what I've seen about it I won't enjoy it, and I honestly prefer the life I've imagined Stargirl has after the events of the book. So it's a 2 star book, but I'm giving it 3 stars for Stargirl.
Jan 08, Beth A. Shelves: young-adult. She meditates, wears floor length dresses and carries a rat around in a sunflower bag. I wanted her to have some flaws. To cry, or scream, or yell unspecified swear words when she was hit in the face with a tomato.
View all 7 comments. Aug 04, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it really liked it. Wow wow wow. Such a great story. I'll definitely be rereading this in the future. View 1 comment. Randomly decided to listen to this in the morning and finished it within a couple of hours! It's a really cute story! I loved the beginning and end a lot : Middle part of the book was okay. Especially loved the fact that Stargirl loves sunflowers and ukuleles uhhhh is she me?! Nov 16, Jazzy rated it really liked it.
Well this was sad. It was good Jun 11, Talia rated it it was amazing Shelves: audio-books , ya-fiction. Stargirl Caraway is the new girl at Mica Area High School, and in her mysterious first days of school, she reveals herself to be a true unique individual.
She plays a ukalele! She carries around a pet rat! She gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't know! Soon, all of the high school cannot resist her charm, and she has the entire community under her spell. But after a while, Stargirl's actions become tiresome, irritating, and the question rises among her peers: why can't she just be Stargirl Caraway is the new girl at Mica Area High School, and in her mysterious first days of school, she reveals herself to be a true unique individual.
But after a while, Stargirl's actions become tiresome, irritating, and the question rises among her peers: why can't she just be normal? Soon, Stargirl is ostracized for all of the wonderful things that make her special. Will Stargirl recover and ever be loved for just being herself? I loved this book. I cried at the end of the book, partly because the ending was so touching and partly because the story itself was over.
I haven't been this happy about a book in a long time! One small note: in high school oratorical contests, the speaker sends in their speech to a committee ahead of time, and cannot deviate from that written speech at the time of delivery.
This was like reading a John Green book, before John Green books existed. There was just something special about it, that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I really enjoyed the message behind it! What the fuck was that. Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between.
When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, the Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo. How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, then strumming her ukulele as if all alone?
The boys in school are immediately struck by her quiet, unassuming beauty. The girls are both jealous of her innate naturalness and excited to have her enthusiasm in the school. For Leo Borlock, it's a mixture of fear and excitement that has him falling in love with the mysterious Stargirl--and a desire to see her on the Hot Seat, the in-school television show he runs with his best friend, Kevin.
The kids at school embrace Stargirl--her quirkiness, her individuality, her enthusiasm and exuberance for everything she does. She discovers friends and cheerleading, and she's popular. Popular, that is, until she starts rooting for the opposition, determined to bring joy and happiness to everyone, not just her home team. Suddenly, she's not the popular girl that everyone wants to be around.
The same individuality that was once embraced is now snubbed, literally, by almost everyone in school. Except for Leo, who's in love with the enigmatic Stargirl, a girl who whole-heartedly loves him back. Until Leo is forced to choose between the affections of an entire school full of classmates and the maybe-too-individual Stargirl.
When faced with the choice of one person versus many, Leo might not be strong enough to make the right decision. Jerry Spinelli has penned a book that goes straight to the heart of wanting to fit in, of sometimes being too good to believe, of life and love and heartbreak and the desire to be different, yet the same as everyone else.
STARGIRL is a pure delight, and you won't be able to help being drawn into this very believable story, and it's truly unbelievable characters. I could feel my heart practically breaking inside me as I was reading this book. It is one of those YA books that are relevant and replete with life lessons for all to learn, whether you can relate to the characters or not.
Stargirl is told in the first-person point of view of Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica High School in Arizona, who crosses paths with a beautiful, kind, and weird girl who has re-christened herself as, well, Stargirl.
Stargirl Caraway draws attention to herself from I could feel my heart practically breaking inside me as I was reading this book. Simply put, she was different from everybody else, and she doesn't care. Notwithstanding such non-conformity, Leo finds himself drawn to Stargirl, as did everyone else — in the beginning.
Thus, Leo inadvertently comes at a crossroads, and must decide whose opinion matters more to him: Stargirl's, or everyone else's. More than the fact that it was an easy read, Stargirl is a lovely book about belonging and acceptance, one that delves into the pitfalls of highschool popularity.
Reading about how much Stargirl strived so hard to be normal — to belong, to be just like everybody else — wrenched my heart, especially since she did it not of her own volition, and because in her attempts to be normal, she shed her own identity and became a completely different person. After reading the book, I realized that it begged the question: How important is it, really, to be normal and popular in school?
Although from my own experience, I did not find myself in either Leo's or Stargirl's situation when I was their age, I felt like I could completely relate to them. I could feel how much Leo was torn between his feelings for Stargirl and his sense of belonging with the rest of the school.
I could understand the lengths to which Stargirl went to please Leo; I could perceive her happy moments, disappointments and heartaches. Their realness leaped out at me from the pages, it was that good a book. Mar 27, Jasmin rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-romance , young-adult , must-read-series , contemporary , romance , reviewed-by-me , teen , inspirational.
This should be the standard for all young adult books. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing Stargirl. For odd reasons, such as singing someone she barely knows a happy birthday, she stands out. One time, Stargirl goes to a football match, which no one almost ever watches. She makes an exhibition of herself, by roaming around the football field I imagine her like a fairy , until police had to come forward just for her to leave the field.
Stargirl was a sight to watch. She was also recruited to the cheering squad. And again, she gives the readers another dose of her weirdness, by cheering enthusiastically, for everyone that includes the other team. Leo, is and always has been amazed by Stargirl. The feeling was mutual, and they become a couple. Leo enjoyed being with Stargirl. He was at peace, but then he noticed that the entire Mica High was shunning him as well. Leo Tolstoy was definitely no island, so he turned sad.
He needed Stargirl, but he needed his peers as well. How Stargirl ever manages it, was a wonder to him. And Leo makes a choice. A terrible choice. And Stargirl, makes a terrible choice as well. All of us are either Stargirls or were Stargirls. Everyone is a star. We are stars, some in little ways, and some in ways that no one can possibly miss them. But the thing is, we have what it takes to be a star. The problem is, how do we deal with the stars lodging in us.
Some polishes their star to make it brighter, while some hide in the brightness of other stars to suppress their shine. I wonder what she calls herself now. Though I have no family of my own, I do not feel alone. I know that I am being watched. The echo of her laughter is the second sunrise I awaken to each day, and at night I feel it is more than the stars looking down on me. And I have to say, we have to make Stargirls the new normal. Readers also enjoyed.
Young Adult. Realistic Fiction. About Jerry Spinelli. Jerry Spinelli. When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren. Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee. After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets — all except Spinelli, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major-league shortstop.
In most of his books, Spinelli writes about events and feelings from his own childhood. He also gets a lot of material from his seven adventurous kids! Spinelli and his wife, Eileen, also a children's book author, live in Pennsylvania. Other books in the series. Stargirl 2 books. Books by Jerry Spinelli. Articles featuring this book. The Big Book-to-Screen Adaptations of Ready to see some of your favorite stories come to life?
Hollywood producers, directors, and actors are continuing their obsession Read more Trivia About Stargirl Stargir Quotes from Stargirl. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew. Keep looking at her long enough.
Leo was torn between his love for Stargirl and his human need to fit in. With this, he wanted Stargirl to change and strive to be as ordinary as any one could be. I mean, most of us struggle to be special right? And Stargirl is just different. I actually liked the Journal because there were a lot of quotations from the book and mostly it presents about life, love and sadness.
This book reflects the non-ending debate of whether we should set our own uniqueness or should we confirm with the norms of society. Those who are special strives to be ordinary and those who are ordinary strives to be normal. Home search Search Type Directory Web.
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