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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
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Mar 26, 12

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Read from March 23 to 26, 2012

Typical Suburban High School in Mica Arizona... Enter Stargirl, a homeschooled, free-spirit, do-gooder. She does not care what people think, actually I don't think she notices what people think, that is until Leo points it out. She is pondered, she is loved, she is hated. Bottom line she makes a difference. She walks around with her pet rat, her ukulele, and an intense kindness for others. She's not like anyone else, until she is....

It seems like most people have either given this 5 stars or 1 or 2, so I guess it's weird that I am so middle of the road on this one. But I just am. I didn't not like it, but I didn't love it. The message was cool. It's hard to be yourself, but it's worth it. I guess I just wanted more from Leo. I have higher standards for the character narrating the book. I don't feel like he ever had that breakthrough moment that he should've had. Why didn't he go into the dance and dance with her?!? That was crap.
It was a nice short read with a good message, but I just wish Leo had a little more backbone. He needed to accept her and realize that by him trying to change her, he was wrong, and I never truly felt that from him. I don't think I'll read Love, Stargirl because I really don't want to know her perspective of Leo, I think I've already made up my mind on him.

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