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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Susan Caraway is a new student at Mica Area High School. But she’s not your average new kid, she calls herself Stargirl and her behavior is unusual to say the least. Stargirl doesn’t care what anybody thinks of her, she dresses in quirky clothes, she cheers for both teams at sporting events, she attends stranger’s funerals and even sings “Happy Birthday” to complete strangers. But even though she’s a bit eccentric, Leo can see that underneath all the weird, Stargirl has a big heart and her bravery may end up being a blessing in disguise.

What I Thought of Stargirl

Stargirl had a lot of potential, there’s a noteworthy theme, seemingly intriguing characters and a little bit of romance in the mix but, sadly, Stargirl does not live up to the hype for two reasons. One, there was no resolution. Throughout the book the storyline was all over the place. It was hard to follow, sometimes random and extremely predictable. It felt like the author was mashing his ideas and clichés into the book one after the other as he thought of them, and it was no different at the end. All of a sudden, Stargirl was just gone. In my opinion, this is not a proper way to end a novel, and it made me feel like the only reason why anything changed at the school was because she left, not because she was there. Secondly, I didn’t like Stargirl. She was supposed to be unconditionally kind and generous but to me she seemed inconsiderate. She did not ask anyone about what they wanted, she just assumed they would like whatever it was she would give them or do for them. Additionally, the other characters in Stargirl had little to no depth whatsoever. Everyone except Leo was a mindless robot who conformed just for the sake of conforming. Taking note of all of this, I strongly dislike this novel and I don’t recommend it to anyone.

The end is the most memorable moment in Stargirl is when Stargirl is on Leo’s show “Hot Seat”. It was by far the most eventful part of the book.

Overall Rating: 2 Stars