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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
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Sep 26, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: young-adult-fiction
Read from June 20 to 22, 2010

I loved how Jerry Spinelli addresses the age old topic of conformity through the characters of Leo and Stargirl. Though this is a teen novel, adults can still fall into following the majority rather than being an individual. Often times we find it easier to hide behind what everyone else does, wears, and says just so we can feel “normal.”

Leo Borlock represents the delicate balance of people being intrigued by those who are not afraid be individuals, and yet cannot quite be individualistic themselves. Stargirl, on the other hand, represents the few who proudly proclaim their idiosyncrasies and are not concerned what others think.

What Spinelli brings to the table in Stargirl is the danger of denying our true individuality and the consequences that ensue. The question that hangs in the air after reading this story is: How much do we lose of ourselves in order to feel part of a whole?

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