Stargirl

Stargirl

Book - 2004 | Spanish
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In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
Publisher: Miami, FL : Alfaguara, c2004
ISBN: 9781594378157
1594378150
Branch Call Number: Ju Spanish F Spi

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Stargirl is new at school and very quirky. The narrator is some dude who ends up dating her, Leo. On Leo's show, Stargirl's reputation is ruined and becomes shunned by her classmates.


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KeenaL
Aug 29, 2016

I love this book so much. Always embrace your uniqueness!

FindingJane Nov 12, 2014

Stargirl is an inexplicable character. Much like Iago or Aaron of Shakespearean writing, she exudes a baffling quality that makes no sense to the people around her. She seems to have motiveless benevolence, just as they possess motiveless malignity. She keeps not diaries for herself but about other people. She sings people songs on a ukulele on their birthdays. She leaves bits of change for other people to find. She isn’t one of those people dispensing charity on the poor or needy; that’s something anybody could do and it suggests a kind of exclusiveness, wherein some of us are on the inside and others on the outside. Stargirl simply brings everybody into her circle. She simply doesn’t understand the concept of exclusion, cliques, groups, memberships or the idea of us vs. them. Being that she’s such an enigma, the novel obliquely focuses on the people around her: the students who shun her, insult her, sneer at her and leave her friendless. Even the boy who supposedly goes out with her is ashamed of her—mainly because she makes him feel ashamed of himself. He is also shunned as well and the loneliness that ensues inspires a kind of terror in himself that he doesn’t have the depth to analyze or fight. Leo needs the appreciation and camaraderie that can only come from being in a group. He’s not alone in his emotions; it’s practically universal. That’s why Stargirl baffles him so much. You feel for this kid and you also wonder whether you would behave any differently. It’s a book that makes you beam and squirm in equal measure and makes you, for just a few moments, ponder the mysteries and minutiae of the world and the people in it. In the end, we are all made of the same stuff as the stars.

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