Parman Teen Book Review: “Stargirl” by Jerry Spinelli


The novel Stargirl features a heroine by the name of Stargirl. No, Stargirl is not the name her parents gave her – it was Susan – however, Stargirl has continuously rechristened herself throughout her life, from Pocket Mouse to Mudpie to Hullygully. Stargirl has a character that is just as beautiful as her name, yet no one recognizes or appreciates her unwavering kindness and individuality, except for an eleventh-grader, Leo, who attends Mica High School. Leo notices the magic that Stargirl possesses the moment he first sees her, and many others do too, resulting in Stargirl becoming very popular at her high school. However, these people ditch Stargirl the moment they are dissatisfied with her, despite the fact that she has never done anything to hurt anyone. Stargirl’s genuine compassion is truly heartwarming, and her resonance is inspiring. When she is slapped across the face by a girl who hates her, Stargirl kisses her attacker on the cheek and moves on. When people tell her she is unwanted, she does not falter with her endless actions of kindness. Stargirl’s confidence lies within her ability to embrace herself and respect her individuality, and overall Spinelli’s novel tells a wonderful, moving tale about the dangers and delight of nonconformity.

Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC

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