Definitely a moving read, and I must admit I didn't have Heidi's mystery completely figured out before it was revealed. I loved how the chapter titles...moreDefinitely a moving read, and I must admit I didn't have Heidi's mystery completely figured out before it was revealed. I loved how the chapter titles corresponded to Mama's words; however, the words weren't always in synch to the chapter's content. Still liked that part.
One technique Week's used that I particularly liked was Heidi's journal. She used it to help her figure out the complicated stuff in life. Like why people lie. Or what she really knows about her past. Or to get to know the people she meets and loves.
Week's also writes simply but cuts right to the truth in new ways. Like on the first page: If truth was a crayon and it was up to me to put a wrapper around it and name its color,, I know just what I would call it--dinosaur skin. I used to think, without really thinking about it, that I knew what color that was. But that was a long time ago, before I knew what I know now about both dinosaur skin and the truth.
Overall, I like the mix of Heidi's independent streak & the adventure into her mysterious past. (less)
The book had a few funny and touching moments, but I thought it was a little cookie cutter...with "green" frosting. Just a bit too predictable. It doe...moreThe book had a few funny and touching moments, but I thought it was a little cookie cutter...with "green" frosting. Just a bit too predictable. It does have a David & Goliath, root for the underdog kind of feel, though, and I'm a sucker for that. And it has owls in it, which I love. But honestly, they are baaaarely described. This kind of book is not really my favorite genre. I like a good mystery, but the reader knows too much of the mystery from the beginning in this book. I didn't think the reveals about the barefoot running boy were satisfying enough, nor the reveals about Mother Paula's Pancake House. Didn't love it; didn't hate it; just liked it. (less)
I thought I would give this a two star review about 3/4 of the way through, but something happened emotionally there at the end that I couldn't ignore...moreI thought I would give this a two star review about 3/4 of the way through, but something happened emotionally there at the end that I couldn't ignore.
At the beginning, I found Stargirl a bit annoying, but still intriguing. Because I kept wondering Why is she like that? Why does she do so many odd, albeit sweet, things? Spinelli will surely reveal a secret about her at the end...something that made her that way. I'll let you read and find out what, if anything, is revealed about Stargirl in the end.
At one point in the book, and I don't want to give too much away so I'm going to be a little vague, I found her much too naive. Wondering if she truly WAS from another planet. She seemed to be so lost in the world that everyone else seemed to "get" easily.
I will say I loved, loved, loved the character, Archie. I will strive to bring more Archie into my teaching. More questions, less answers.
And that really is the point of the book I think. Stargirl is like a mirror. The question is When you look at her, do you like what you see in you? How's that for deep? :)
As I finished the book, I found myself about to cry and admittedly missing Stargirl. So, she got under my skin and in my heart a little. There were moments in the book I really liked. Mostly metaphors Spinelli used or brief conversations between Archie and Leo, or a cool line here or there, I mainly found myself wanting to just be finished with the story. Which was a bummer. I wanted to LOVE or at least really like the book. Finally, I'll give it a 3 star, I liked it.
Partly because Stargirl was just so sweet and she would want me to. And because Spinelli based her character on his wife, which is just Awwwwwwwwwww-inspiring. :)(less)