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Stargirl (Stargirl #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  188,752 ratings  ·  9,194 reviews
Stargirl. She’s as magical as the desert sky. As strange as her pet rat. As mysterious as her own name. And she captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile.

But when the students of Mica High turn on Stargirl for everything that makes her different, Leo urges her to become the very that can destroy her: normal. In a celebration of nonconformity, Newberry Medalist Jerry
Paperback, 186 pages
Published May 14th 2002 by Knopf (first published 2000)
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Emma (Miss Print)
Jan 24, 2015 Emma (Miss Print) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who believes life should be magical
Shelves: owned
Okay, I'm going to say it. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is a young adult classic (maybe even a children's classic but that's really a cataloguing issue that I am ill-equipped to discuss). This designation raises the question: What makes a book (any book) a classic? For me it means a book that is timeless; something you can read years and years after it was written without the book losing its vibrancy. A classic also needs to have memorable writing and characters. It needs to speak to the reader. I ...more
Very sweet. I had this book lying around and picked it up to give myself a break from the Holocaust Monster I've been chipping away at for the past month, and it definitely did the trick. The kids seem a little innocent - more like elementary school than high school - but dammit why CAN'T there be beautiful and magical teenagers who hold hands at the movies and give their friends cupcakes and valentines? Why do they have to do drugs and have sex and be JERKS all the time?
Mar 08, 2008 Jared rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Jared by: Kim
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Stargirl is an amazing book about individuality and nonconformism. A home-schooled girl named Stargirl begins attending the public high school for her sophomore year. Stargirl is different.

She learns everybody's birthdays and on the day of, she sings them a happy birthday song -- accompanying herself on the ukulele -- in the middle of the lunch room, whether they want her to or not. She watches a young boy who lives across the street so that she can create a scrapbook for him without his knowled
For some weird reason I couldn't put this book down! You should read it. It grabbed my attention and I am a very picky reader! :)
Sep 27, 2008 BATMAN rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poeple who want a reason to cut them selves
Recommended to BATMAN by: a person who didnt deserve a neck so they could make me read thi
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it was refreshing to read about stargirl's genuine kindness and individuality. i liked it.

we want to dance to the music in our own heads, but we don't because of the looks, whispers and stares we'd get.

stargirl is the person we all want to be, while leo reminds us of the person most of us are.

i hope one day to be as brave as stargirl
Clare Cannon
Apr 29, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11 years - YA (girls)

This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just reading it makes you a better person, teaching you to laugh, to listen, to enjoy, to love, to care...

In spite of the attractive eccentricity of the main character, Stargirl is more real than any other book for teens. It is set in the erratic climate of teen emotions, realistically depicted through ordinary events and conversations.

These are presented
Stephanie Brown

It started with a necktie. It ended with a necktie. But not just any kind of necktie and not just any kind of girl would give someone a gift with pictures of porcupines.

I really loved this book. REALLY! I did. I HEART Stargirl. Seriously. I’d been meaning to read it for years and like the last book I devoured, after reading the first 2 pages, I couldn’t put it down; so the other books I’d started before this one got pushed aside so I could get lost in her world. This book had me completely mesm
Jan 26, 2009 Annalisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for a quick/light read
Recommended to Annalisa by: Rosa
Truthfully I did not expect to like this book. I expected a heavily handed tale about acceptance. But here's the thing: I did not like Star Girl.

The story is about a free-spirited girl whose named herself Star Girl who shows up for her first year of public education as a sophomore and the typical apathetic student body doesn't quite know how to respond to her. Normally when I read stories about the quirky outcast, I want to shield them from cruelty of the popular crowd, but I found myself sympa
Stargirl Caraway is the new girl at Mica Area High School, and in her mysterious first days of school, she reveals herself to be a true unique individual. She plays a ukalele! She carries around a pet rat! She gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't know! Soon, all of the high school cannot resist her charm, and she has the entire community under her spell. But after a while, Stargirl's actions become tiresome, irritating, and the question rises among her peers: why can't she just be ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
This was my first Jerry Spinelli read and for the most part I enjoyed it. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that was possible. :)

I can see why kids like his writing style, which is simple and straightforward, yet interesting. The issues he tackles in this book -- identity, conformity/nonconformity, and peer pressure -- are all relevant for middle school-aged readers, which is who this book is best suited for. Also, I think he does a good job of sending the "right" message without being preachy.

At the sa
Jennifer Wardrip
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Stargirl Caraway is an enigma. She's the type of girl that you either love or hate--with no room for any emotions in between. When she first comes to the high-school as a sophomore in small town Mica, Arizona, her name reverberates throughout the hallways. What kind of a name is Stargirl? Was she really home-schooled for all these years, or did she just magically appear in Mica? How can she seem so calm, so serene, why eating quietly alone in the lunchroom, the
"We joined her as she sang 'Happy Birthday' to us in the lunchroom. We heard her greet us in the hallways and classrooms, and we wondered how she knew our names and our birthdays.
Her caught-in-the-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing.
She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music.
She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school.
This was a fun read and I found many parts of myself in it. I was once different (but never to the extreme that Stargirl was ;) ), but have conformed from years of ridicule and being the blunt of jokes. It has only been very recently that I've been trying to gain some of that older self back and I am grateful for this book at this time. I can and will be true to myself and not let others influence what I find important and interesting!

Some fun side notes~ I'm from Tucson and could understand ru
Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus, there’s no sex scenes, and just one decent kiss.

The book, is narrated by Leo Borlock’s perspective. He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing

I could feel my heart practically breaking inside me as I was reading this book. It is one of those YA books that are relevant and replete with life lessons for all to learn, whether you can relate to the characters or not.

Stargirl is told in the first-person point of view of Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica High School in Arizona, who crosses paths with a beautiful, kind, and weird girl who has re-christened herself as, well, Stargirl. Stargirl Caraway draws attention to herself from day one
Oct 15, 2007 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
This book is about a weird girl called Stargirl. She is weird because she does a lot of things that people don't normally do. Even her name is weird.

Let me tell you about a few of the weird things she does. Firstly she takes photos of people without them knowing. She stalks them and secretly takes their photos. Then she makes a photo album and gives it to them when they get older.

The other weird thing she does is to wear clothes that do not fit her. She usually wears long skirts. Also, she alw
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I love this book not only because this is one of the few young adult books I have read that does not have kids doing a lot of adult stuff (you know what I mean), but also, I love the sincerity of the story. I like how the story eased its way through the end without having to go through dramatic complications and yet still managing to achieve completeness in its theme and plot. It is a non-imposing moralistic story that I'm sure will find a way to spark that light in every reader's heart.
I feel conflicted about this book. I liked the message it had about nonconformity and kindness and being yourself and selflessness, but I didn't like Stargirl. I don't know if it's allowed to say I didn't like her, but I didn't. I respect her and admire her, but there's such a thing as being too thoughtful and kind--as in, disregarding someone's feelings--which really makes it thoughtless and not nice at all. Like, the idea of singing to people on their birthdays during lunch. It's a nice idea, ...more
Jun 27, 2007 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It's really, really good. It kind of makes me cry, showing how horrible people can be to a person who obviously doesn't deserve it. She's new, and her randomness is so amazing. I mean, she has a pet rat.
I like Leo. He seems average, but a little bit more. He understands how amazing she is, but at the same time, I wish he'd tried harder to be what she needed.
I like the ending, even though it's sad. I like how she leaves and Leo is left with this thought that he might have been in a dream, tha
Is she an alien? Is she home-schooling gone berserk? Is she sniffing fumes? …this and many more queries surround Stargirl Caraway when she makes her appearance at Mica High. Strumming a ukulele, carrying a rat called Cinnamon in her canvas bag and wearing clothes ranging from pioneer gowns to kimonos she’s as strange as they come. Add to that the fact that she does the weirdest, kindest and friendliest things. She sings birthday songs to perfect strangers, drops loose change accidentally on purp ...more
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I LOVED this book! Actually as my first download on my Ipod, I loved listening to this book. It got me happily through an entire afternoon of pulling down miserable wallpaper.

I absolutely love Stargirl. She is a nonconformist, yes. But more importantly she is uncommonly sensitive to those in need, kindhearted, observant yet seemingly oblivious to the missteps of others, including her fickle and cruel classmates. Or perhaps she is not oblivious after all, perhaps she is more forgiving than most
Review- Others would like this book for many reasons, such as how interesting and the amount of individually in the loving & vulgar characters. From the very sore beginning and the sad but sweet ending, I enjoyed it every much. All the words made into sentences that formed into paragraphs and final came together to make a magical, captivating and enchanting short novel Others might think differently but the characters to me were not real, but just a blink of an eye away from being similar to ...more
Aug 29, 2013 (G)Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like unusual characters
Shelves: favorites
Stargirl is simply, one of the best books I've ever and will ever, read. Stargirl is so mysterious, unique, and makes such an impression I wish I could meet her. Hear her voice, and see her practice "Elements of Nothingness," stroke Cinnamon. Leo, I thought, was useless, but anyone who could love Stargirl was someone I could like. Stargirl is too amazing for words, because Stargirl, is bigger than the night sky.
Nov 14, 2014 Cary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cary by: Maria
Shelves: owned, favorite, 2014
What a delightful read!

She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music.
She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school.
In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was...
She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfl
I recommend Stargirl.



Stargirl is someone you get used to. You hate her at first because of her eccentricity but she grows on you gradually . Spinelli wrote beautifully, that I can really rave about. But Stargirl seemed too ‘far-out’ for me (actual rating is 3.5). I felt like i’m one of those students in Mica High. Most times I don’t understand why she’s like that. But she has her moments, and oh, how heartwrenching those moments were.

I love reading a guy’s POV, and Leo is no differe
Beth A.
May 01, 2010 Beth A. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth A. by: Mom, 2nd Ward Book Club April 2010
Shelves: young-adult
I guess my problem with this story was that I really didn’t buy Stargirl. She’s so self-confident/oblivious that she doesn’t seem to notice or care that the whole school is giving her the silent treatment. She’s extremely kind and compassionate. She meditates, wears floor length dresses and carries a rat around in a sunflower bag. She’s the perfect model of a nonconforming individual.

I wanted her to have some flaws. To be secretly worried about being accepted before Leo explained that it’s impo
Jun 13, 2010 Shannon rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon by: my teacher
This book sucks!
pretty much this is it:
1st day: star girls weird
2nd day: Leo falls in love with her *gag*
3rd day: stargirl becomes popular
4th day: everyone hates her
5th day: Leo falls out of love with her
6th day: stargirl leaves
7th day: Leo is sooooo sad, but gets over it
that sums it up. The only reason i read this was for my honors English class (don't ask me why my teacher seams to think this capable of literary genius). Bottom line is unless your a sucker for sweet young love story's this isn
Dec 22, 2013 پگاه rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to پگاه by: لیلی
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When Jerry Spinelli was a kid, he wanted to grow up to be either a cowboy or a baseball player. Lucky for us he became a writer instead.

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and went to college at Gettysburg College and Johns Hopkins University. He has published more than 25 books and has six children and 16 grandchildren.
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“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.” 819 likes
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