Teen review: “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli

The incredible novel “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli is about a unique teenage girl who starts to go to public school in Arizona for the first time after being homeschooled. Susan goes by the name Stargirl. The point of view, though, is told from the perspective of Leo Borlock, who for some reason is singled out by this exceptionally strange new girl. At first, everyone is transfixed by Stargirl’s uniqueness, and they go out of their way to be like her quirky, but unconditionally kind, self. After a while, though, it all goes sour. This book follows the journey of Leo and how, in an attempt to prevent hatred toward him and Stargirl, he tries to make Stargirl into a plain, normal, utterly miserable person. This book hits the point of how uniqueness can bring joy and pain. What is acceptable and what isn’t can flip flop depending on who people are and how they feel. If you enjoy this book, Jerry Spinelli has multiple novels that really make you think about people and their actions.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 15

 "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli book cover

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