Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – Heart Full of Books
Stargirl (Book): Spinelli, Jerry: In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the For Leo, caught between his peers and his connection to Stargirl, the essential question boils . blue_dog_ Jun 25, By placing most, if not all, of the novel's emphasis on Stargirl's relationship with Leo, book reviews such as Mitchell's stir controversy over the. Leo and Stargirl like (love) each other. They've Stargirl: The Relationship Between Leo and Stargirl February 18, at am.
This designation raises the question: What makes a book any book a classic? For me it means a book that is timeless; something you can read years and years after it was written without the book losing its vibrancy.
Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli | Scholastic
A classic also needs to have memorable writing and characters. It needs to speak to the reader. I Okay, I'm going to say it. It needs to be a book that you enjoy more every time you read it or talk about it.
Classics are the books you want to immerse yourself in: I'll say it again: Stargirl is a classic. The story starts with Leo Borlock, who moved to Mica, Arizona at the age of twelve. Around the time of his move, Leo decided to start collecting porcupine neckties--no easy task, especially in Mica.
Everytime she feels happy, she adds a pebble to the wagon. In general, her pebbles in the wagon hover around ten. Down to two when Leo tries to change her.
Stargirl: The Relationship Between Leo and Stargirl
Stargirl is like Marceline on steroids. Stargirl makes Marceline look like the head cheerleader. I give a slight edge to Stargirl the book, not the person simply because Leo is a better narrator. What a perfect ending. You know I hate when things get wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end. I loved this book!
Stargirl (novel) - Wikipedia
What can I say, snark comes to me easier. I consider myself a Humanist and this book is one great big shining example of what is great about simple humanism. Stargirl is absolutely bursting with humanity with a complete innocence about the concept of paying back.
She sees a boy who wrecked his bike, she wants to make him happy by buying him a new one. She reads the birth announcements in the paper and sends cards. She drops coins on the ground because she knows how happy people are to find money. When the story falls away from her character, I would tense up.
Her total goodness causes me to forgive her the oddity of stalking her classmates to find out personal information on them. She is not preachy, and just does her thing without making people feel bad about not being as good.
She is so different that at first the student body does not know what to make of her. Hillari Kimble, the most popular girl at Leo's school, declares that Stargirl is a fake, and speculation and rumors abound. One of Stargirl's quirks is singing happy birthday to students when it is their birthday, bringing her ukulele to school to do so. Though at first rejected by most of the students, Stargirl gains a measure of popularity by joining the cheerleading squad.
Students mimic her behavior, and at lunch she no longer sits alone. Her antics on the squad spark a boom in audience attendance at sporting events. Their anger comes to a head during a filming of the student-run television show, Hot Seat, which is run by Leo and his best friend Kevin.
During the show a "jury" of students is invited to ask questions of the guest star.
An advising teacher cuts the show short, and it is never aired, but the damage is done. She is shunned by the entire student body, except for her friend Dori Dilson, Leo, and, to some extent, Kevin.
Leo praises Stargirl for her kindness, bravery, and nonconformity, and the two begin a tentative romance. They spend more and more time together, and Leo experiences her unusual lifestyle and starts helping her with various projects, such as leaving cards for people they don't know and dropping change on the sidewalk for others to find.