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A celebration of nonconformity; a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of popularity--and the thrill and inspiration of first love. Ages 12+

Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don't 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
Paperback, 186 pages
Published September 2002 by Scholastic (first published June 30th 2000)
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May 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this in middle school as required reading and absolutely LOVED it, but coming back to it years later, I couldn't help but notice some of its flaws. I got very attached to the story despite it being less than 200 pages and I do love the moral that Spinelli is trying to get across, but I was not a big fan of the characters. Although, with a book this short, exaggerated characters are pretty much a necessity. I recommend this book to everyone, though, especially middle schoolers who feel the ...more
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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? ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1), Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is a young adult novel written by American author Jerry Spinelli, and first published in 2000.

The word begins with a brief introduction to Leo at the age of twelve, and chronicles his move from his home state of Pennsylvania to Arizona.

Before the move, his Uncle Pete gives Leo a porcupine necktie as a farewell present, inspiring him to collect more like it.

After his collection is mentioned in a local newspaper, Leo receives a second porcupine n
Aj the Ravenous Reader
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult

"Nothing’s more fun than being carried away."

Stargirl is the happiest, bravest, most carefree, most non-conformist girl you will ever meet. She is everything every school girl wishes she could be but will never dare to be. She does the last thing someone who wants to fit in will ever do.

• She smiles at everyone.

• She dances in the rain.

• She wears the strangest outfit and wears no makeup.

(Not anything like that. I’m exaggerating. Lol.)

• She sings every celebrant a happy birthday with her
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Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 21, 2014 added it
Shelves: ya
I had high expectations for this book, but I was let down in every way. I got so incredibly bored, but I couldn't live with myself knowing I couldn't finish a mere 186 page book, so I plunged onward. By page 80, bookmarking the craziest sentences was the only way I kept myself sane.

I'll try to organize my complaints critiques into a list. Spoilers are not marked, proceed with caution. Not that there's much to spoil about this book.

So, my problems with Stargirl:

Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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! :) ...more
Dec 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Diana | Book of Secrets
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-middle-grade
4.5 Stars → Wonderful book about the power and perils of nonconformity! Stargirl is so unique, kind, innocent...indeed too pure for the real world of Mica Area High School. The students love her, until they don't. But she is unfazed. Leo loves her, but with conditions, it seems. I think her greatest friend was not Leo, but Dori Dilson — what a loyal, brave girl, who we didn't learn nearly enough about.

Leo is the narrator for the entire book, which is probably my only complaint. I would love to
Clare Cannon

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 presen
Claude's Bookzone
Well that was beautifully sad.

Jerry takes us on an emotional journey in this book about non-conformity and acceptance. Yes it is trope filled. Yes there are plenty of archetypal high school characters. However, the story is all heart. I want to say this is purely a work of fiction, but I have been around long enough to see quite a few Stargirls transform into cookie cutter Barbies. Wonderfully read by the late John Ritter.
Julie Zantopoulos
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017, own-it
Stargirl was the most pure and precious thing, ever. My Luna Lovegood of today’s world and I want to keep her safe always. I loved this book even though I hated the people around her—but that’s the point, isn’t it? The writing was gorgeous and the characters were real and raw. Definitely a new fave. I will be rereading and annotating this one for sure.
Kayla Dawn
What the fuck was that
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
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Edit: dropped to 2 stars

So I originally DNF'd this book at 75% and gave it a 2 star rating. I decided to just go ahead and complete it because all of the things I didn't like made me curious to see how they would be resolved.

I absolutely detested every single character in this book that wasn't Stargirl herself. They were disgusting, judgmental, and overall shitty people.

I didn't really like the plot either. You're supposed to see how shitty these people treat Stargirl and realize that you can
Beth A.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing

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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow. Wow wow wow. This was my first time ever reading this and I loved it SO MUCH. Such a great story. I'll definitely be rereading this in the future. ...more
Basically Britt
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Randomly decided to listen to this in the morning and finished it within a couple of hours!

It's a really cute story! I loved the beginning and end a lot :)
Middle part of the book was okay.

Especially loved the fact that Stargirl loves sunflowers and ukuleles (uhhhh is she me?!)
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hey, I have an idea, why not tell the story of an interesting girl from the interesting girl's point of view? No, you'd rather have her mansplained by the weenie she bafflingly has a crush on? Cool. ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well this was sad. It was good... but a sad ending.
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
This was like reading a John Green book, before John Green books existed. There was just something special about it, that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but I really enjoyed the message behind it! ...more
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
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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
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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.
Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his

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