Published by Scholastic on September 2002
Genres: Contemporary YA
There’s a lot of books I read before I started this blog in June of 2010 and I figured it might be fun to spotlight those! They won’t be an actual review because OMG YOU GUYS THAT WAS SO LONG AGO but I’ll just note a few things about it, if I enjoyed it and what my Goodreads rating was. So thus “Before I Blogged I Read…” was born. Because you know…I’m so original with my names for things. Check out PAST “Before I Blogged I Read” posts.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
1. I thought this one was really cute but had a lot of heart with its message of kindness, compassion and non-conformity. A little gem full of wisdom! The main character, Leo, is just as intrigued by the new girl as everyone else in his school is. She’s unconventional, eccentric, lives life boldly with no fear and she’s super confident. As Leo gets to know her he starts to be smitten like the rest of the school — until the rest of the school starts to find her personality as weird and no longer intriguing and gang up against her. Leo is stuck between going against the grain with Stargirl or going with the crowd so he tries to convince Stargirl that normal isn’t so bad.
2. Stargirl is one of those most interesting and eccentric characters you’ll ever come across. I loved her wild, free spirit but there was times that I even thought she was SUPER strange. I love the compassion and love that so freely flowed out of her and it made me sad that people wanted to extinguish that light in her because they thought she was so strange. So many people are afraid to show the things that Stargirl could and I really loved Stargirl. We need more people with her spirit.
3. I remember it was the kind of book that made me want to be better — more kind, not afraid to be myself, going the extra mile to show people they are loved, still find myself awed by the little things and live with boldness.
4. It’s a pretty short book but there is much depth and I thought it was beautifully written.
“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 corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”
“I had never realized how much I needed the attention of others to confirm my own presence.”
“She taught me to revel. She taught me to wonder. She taught me to laugh. My sense of humor had always measured up to everyone else’s; but timid introverted me, I showed it sparingly: I was a smiler. In her presence I threw back my head and laughed out loud for the first time in my life.”
Have any of you read this one? Did you like it/not like it? Tell me what you thought! I’m curious if you read the book that came after it (Love, Stargirl) ? I haven’t read it but maybe I should?