BOOK: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

First things first: LOVED IT! And huge thanks to reader (and friend!) Kathleen who recommended this book to me not once but twice (at least!)! Yay, Kathleen! Sorry it took me for-freakin’-ever to actually get around to reading it, by the way. I am dumb.

This utterly delightful young adult novel is set in a small Arizona high school and focuses on a teenaged boy named Leo Borlock. Life for Leo is pretty good — he and his best friend Kevin are pretty popular in school, in part because of a highly successful cable access show they started called “The Hot Seat,” in which they interview their fellow students and any question goes. But things are about to get a lot more interesting for both Leo and his entire school — a new girl, previously home schooled, has just joined their class and she’s. . . well, she’s a bit of a weird one. She goes by the name “Stargirl,” and definitely marches to the beat of her own drummer. She plays the ukulele and sings to people at lunch. She gives people surprise gifts. She wears odd clothes and decorates her desk before every class. She shows up uninvited at events. She cheers for both sides during basketball games. The list goes on and on.

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7 Responses to “BOOK: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli”

  1. Andrea Says:

    Have you ever read Maniac Magee, also by Jerry Spinelli? I read it in high school, though it’s aimed at younger people. I absolutely loved it and can only imagine that it’s similar to Stargirl. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for more Spinelli for the future!

  2. megwood Says:

    Nope, this was my first Spinelli ever — thanks for the recommendation! It sounds great and I’ll add it to my list ASAP! 🙂

  3. Laurie Says:

    When I was in college, my children’s lit professor read Stargirl to us. We all loved it and had to make extra class time to finish it. I second the recommendation for Maniac Magee. There are so many books great books hiding in the children’s section, and I am always happy to discover more and more.

  4. Trip Says:

    Hooray Kathleen! 😉

  5. Kathleen Says:

    You know, I didn’t realize I had recommended multiple times, but I have recommended Stargirl to so many people that I clearly lost count. Now at least you understand why! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the book. I thought it was such a great story and can report that the sequel is every bit as enjoyable.

  6. Liz Says:

    This sounds very adorable. From your description, Stargirl sounds like Luna Lovegood, of “Harry Potter” fame. Is that accurate? Sometimes books like this give the best messages to young people (and old?).

  7. Anonymous Says:

    i love paco

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