Spinelli, Jerry

(eBook - 2000)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: dont stand out--under any circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes--for Leo and for the entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body. But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl's arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her. In a celebration of nonconformity, a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity--and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2000
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 186 p. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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I'm a parent of a 12yo boy and thought this would not be up his alley but we love the author and gave it a try. Awesome book. Not forced or contrived, enjoyed the tension between this delightful and unique young lady and her peers, most striving to fit in and be accepted by not standing out. The sequel was a nice read as well, but Stargirl was better.

Aug 14, 2014
  • mew10 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved "Stargirl" and its companion "Love, Stargirl." She is such a beautiful character! What a celebration about following the beat of your own drummer.

Jul 09, 2014
  • woopsey861 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A very whimsical read that I remember having enjoyed when I read it during middleschool. I recently reread it (i'm 17 now) and I feel that younger people would enjoy it more and that I've sort of outgrown it. The book is definitely worth reading and has a strong lesson in it, just that I'm a bit too old for it now.

Jun 17, 2014
  • mjivy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal.

This is an amazing book that i would recomend to anybody.

Awesome. best book ever

THIS BOOK IS FANTASIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 03, 2014
  • absanders03 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Can't put down!

This is a really good book. Or at least so far. I have been reading this book in class where Leo and Kevin are at Archie's. I think it is really funny.

Aug 23, 2013
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this was a pretty good book. It just didn't evoke anything in me, except for a little sadness at the end.

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Aug 19, 2014
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Jul 09, 2014
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May 25, 2014
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May 24, 2014
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May 18, 2014
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Feb 15, 2014
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Dec 22, 2013
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Jul 28, 2013
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May 23, 2013
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A striking young woman who does just as she pleases causes an uproar when she joins a local high school. The student body, previously a fairly homogenous group of teens, doesn't know whether to react to her with respect and attraction or revulsion. One young man in particular finds himself torn between really liking her and all her eccentricities, and having a hard time dealing with how she alienates people because of her differences.

Aug 29, 2012
  • Seraxoxo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Everything about Mica High School is normal, until a homeschooled girl, named Stargirl, begins attending here for her sophomore year. Stargirl is a rather unique girl. She goes around the cafeteria playing a ukulele, she carries around a rat, she even gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't even know. When she first comes to the school, people love her. The boys in school are struck by her beauty. The girls are both jealous and excited to have her. When Stargirl takes an interest in a young man, Leo Borlock, he's full of excitement and anxiety that he could possibly be falling in love with such an interesting girl. He also wants to feature her on his school television show - Hot Seat.

The students come to love her individuality, enthusiasm, and her silliness. She quickly becomes popular, till her determination to bring happiness to everyone changes everyone's opinion about her. Suddenly, Stargirl isn't the popular girl that everyone enjoyed. The students start to question her differences, and she is soon rejected by almost everyone in the school, except for Leo, who falls in love with her, and - now Stargirl's only friend - Dori Dilson. Stargirl and Leo are having a great relationship till something wants to change his mind. Leo may not be strong enough to make the right decision.

Stargirl is a truly inspiring story. Jerry Spinelli made a book that many can relate to. Many students and people today want to try to fit in, but the character Stargirl proves it's okay to be different. Stargirl teaches you to be yourself. You will be drawn into the story, as you can see yourself in several of the situations encountered in Stargirl.

Feb 11, 2010
  • liveblue rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Leo Borlock is like any other teenager in highschool. But when he comes face to face with the new outcast Stargirl Caraway, Leo's life is changed forever by love. But will that love be strong enough to stop Leo from wanting to be normal.


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When Stargirl cries she does not shed tears, but light. - Archie

Jan 18, 2012
  • Hatsmos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Because he's cute" -Stargirl


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