stargirl jerry spinelli – Stargirl (TV Series 2020 )

Leo, is and always has been amazed by Stargirl. The execution itself isn’t bad. Stargirl, which hits Disney+ on March 13th, marks her feature-length debut and she brings along her trusty ukulele for the ride.

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StargirlWow. 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. And Stargirl, makes a terrible choice as well. She decides to be ”normal”. I absolutely detested every single character in this book that wasn’t Stargirl herself. They were disgusting, judgmental, and overall shitty people.

The trailer for Stargirl taps into Grace VanderWaal‘s musical talent as we see her begin with a solo version of the Beach Boys’ hit 1963 single “Be True to Your School.” It’s clear from the start that the movie is going to incorporate a lot of music to get the story across, which is obviously fitting. VanderWaal‘s fans have been waiting to see her acting chops in a movie ever since it was announced that she was getting into the world of acting and they have already been giving the trailer a lot of views. It looks like this more than likely will not be the last time that we see her on screen.

I don’t think it’s about how being an individual and a special snowflake is the best ever. I think it’s about Leo and how he reflects us as the reader. I think it’s more about how you perceive people vs who they really are because, even at the end of the book Leo and Archie still didn’t truly understand Stargirl, but they never really tried, all anyone had done was try to fit her into a preconcieved box.

Suddenly Kevin’s eyes boggled. The girl was picking up her ukulele. And now she was strumming it. And now she was singing! Strumming away, bobbing her head and shoulders, singing “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I over-looked before.” Stone silence all around. Then came the sound of a single person clapping. I looked. It was the lunch-line cashier.

What I like most about this book is the simplicity and sincerity of the story including the narrative method as the story is told by Leo (the adult version) who had a firsthand experience of Stargirl’s free-spirited nature when they were teenagers.

The execution itself isn’t bad. The character of Stargirl could easily have become a paper doll, one of those (usually female) characters who is so untouchable, so up-in-the-clouds perfect that she lacks any sort of dimension and can’t be taken seriously. So, I’ll give Spinelli that much-he conveys Stargirl’s sincerity well. Additionally, she’s deep. She has actual reasons for behaving the way she does, and they’re actual, complex reasons that involve intelligence and creativity. I appreciated that she got enough floor time to actually explain her reasons for doing things, rather than just being a mysterious saint. Ultimately, though, Stargirl’s earnestness can’t disguise that she’s just another Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Stargirl is not a long book. The writing is cogent, sentences brief. Nonetheless, the text is rich. This book never gets old or boring. Spinelli creates a compelling, utterly new narrative here (with a charmingly memorable heroine).

1. THIS IS NOT HOW POPULARITY WORKS. Stargirl goes from being popular to unpopular to popular in about two seconds, and when she is shunned, the entire school (except for on person) goes along with it! I understand that Mica High is a small school, but no way in a real school would everyone shun somebody like that. The whole book feels like a grade schooler’s imagining of high school.

I didn’t really like the plot either. You’re supposed to see how shitty these people treat Stargirl and realize that you can’t bully others for being different. But the thing is, I don’t think that comes across well in this book. Because the POV is one of the idiots, you just get the sense that it’s okay to judge and hate this girl because she’s different. So I got the point, it’s just not done well.

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 mesmerized.

The story starts with Leo Borlock, who moved to Mica, Arizona at the age of twelve. Around the time of his move, Leo decided to start collecting porcupine neckties-no easy task, especially in Mica. For two years, Leo’s collection stood at one tie. Until his fourteenth birthday when an unknown someone presented Leo with his second tie, someone who was watching from the sidelines.

The execution itself isn’t bad. The character of Stargirl could easily have become a paper I probably had unreasonably high hopes for this book just because of its author. Maniac Magee was my favorite book when I was a kid, and it remains my favorite preteen chapter book to this day. But Stargirl didn’t move me the way that first taste of Jerry Spinelli’s work did. In fact, I was so underwhelmed that I had little interest in finishing the book, but it was a fast enough read, so I stuck with it.

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 sympathizing with students at a loss of how to interpret this strange girl. When Hillari told Star Girl that she ruined everything, I concurred. And when Star Girl equated being normal with the most popular girl in school I sighed heavily at how little she understood the workings of high school friendship. It never was about blending in and finding common ground with her. She wasn’t happy unless she was blazing her own trail without consciousness of who she plowed through in the process.

The word begins with a brief introduction to Leo at an early age, and then chronicles his move from his home state of Pennsylvania to Arizona when he is 12. Before the move, his Uncle Pete gives Leo a porcupine necktie as a farewell present, inspiring him to collect more like it. After his birthday and collection of porcupine neckties are mentioned in a local newspaper when he’s 14, Leo receives a second porcupine necktie, left anonymously.

6. The fact that Stargirl followed people around, made up stories about them, sent them anonymous gifts, and took their pictures sort of left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I understand that the acts were meant to be nice, but that doesn’t change how creepy the actions were.

Several days later, coming home from school, I found a plastic bag on our front step. Inside was a gift-wrapped package tied with yellow ribbon. The tag said, “Happy Birthday!” I opened the package. It was a porcupine necktie. Two porcupines were tossing darts with their quills, while a third was picking its teeth.


Stargirl’s popularity is short-lived, however. Thanks in part to her efforts, the cheer season is the best in the school’s history, and school spirit flourishes, however; students begin to resent Stargirl’s habit of cheering for both teams, which before made her very popular. Their anger comes to a head during a filming of the student-run television show, Hot Seat, which is run by Leo and his best friend Kevin. During the show a “jury” of students is invited to ask questions of the guest star. This show’s guest is Stargirl, and the session turns into an embarrassing attack on Stargirl’s personality and actions. An advising teacher cuts the show short, and it is never aired, but the damage is done. Shortly thereafter, Stargirl comforts a hurt player from the opposing team during a playoff basketball game and is blamed for Mica High’s subsequent loss. She is shunned by the entire student body, except for her friend Dori Dilson, Leo, and, to some extent, Kevin.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I probably had unreasonably high hopes for this book just because of its author. Maniac Magee was my favorite book when I was a kid, and it remains my favorite preteen chapter book to this day. But Stargirl didn’t move me the way that first taste of Jerry Spinelli’s work did. In fact, I was so underwhelmed that I had little interest in finishing the book, but it was a fast enough read, so I stuck with it.

Leo praises Stargirl for her kindness, bravery, and nonconformity, and the two begin a tentative romance. They spend more and more time together, and Leo experiences her unusual lifestyle and starts helping her with various projects, such as leaving cards for people they don’t know and dropping change on the sidewalk for others to find. For a while he is deliriously happy with their relationship, but as reality sets in, he realizes that the entire school is shunning both of them. In response, Leo convinces Stargirl to act more “normal.” She starts going by her real name, Susan, wears typical teen clothing, and becomes obsessed with being accepted and popular. These actions fail to produce results.

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. In the story, Leo soon realizes that Stargirl might be someone he could love.

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.

Stargirl is told in the first-person point of view of Leo Borlock, a junior at Mica High School in Arizona, who crosses paths with a beautiful, kind, and weird girl who has re-christened herself as, well, Stargirl. Stargirl Caraway draws attention to herself from day one by acting and doing things that are out of the ordinary: she plays the ukulele and sings Happy Birthday” to her classmates-celebrators in the cafeteria, right in front of everyone; she covers her desk on three sides with a floral curtain in all of her classes, and puts a flower on a shallow vase on top, too; she dances in the rain; she cheers for the opposing team when they score, and; she dresses in odd clothes. Simply put, she was different from everybody else, and she doesn’t care.


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 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.

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 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.

A more succinct way to summarize the last two paragraphs is this: the Stargirl character is inspiring but not original, and the heavy-handed message of Everyone Needs to Lighten Up and Be More Appreciative of Each Other is well-intentioned but shortsighted.

Jerry Spinelli began writing when he was 16 — not much older than the hero of his book Maniac Magee. After his high school football team won a big game, his classmates ran cheering through the streets — all except Spinelli, who went home and wrote a poem about the victory. When his poem was published in the local paper, Spinelli decided to become a writer instead of a major-league shortstop.

Until Leo is forced to choose between the affections of an entire school full of classmates and the maybe-too-individual Stargirl. When faced with the choice of one person versus many, Leo might not be strong enough to make the right decision.


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 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.

After finishing this book and recently reading Love, Stargirl (Spinelli’s newly released sequel), I have my own explanation: Stargirl is magical. She represents the kind of magic more people need in their lives: to appreciate the little things, to dare to be different, to be kind to strangers. The kind of magic where you still believe things can be wondrous.

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. I would have had more respect and admiration for Stargirl if she was an individual in spite of understanding social norms- rather than because she wasn’t aware of them.

The tone of the narrative voice is a blend of both happiness and sadness because the narrator, despite his feelings for Stargirl, was too affected by what other people thought of him and opted to go for majority. But even though he lost that one girl he will never forget, she has carved a permanent mark in the man’s heart.

A modern-day classic and New York Times bestseller that celebrates the power of individuality and personal expression from beloved Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli. stargirl is the person we all want to be, while leo reminds us of the person most of us are.

Having too much personal experience with people who don’t understand social cues or possess the mental valve to filter, I know what it’s like to be embarrassed by people on social thin ice. I didn’t find Star Girl a rare charming bird that should be bottled unaltered. I found her disrespectful and obnoxious. OK, her goodwill was charming, but interrupting a football game to climb the goal post or showing up at a funeral and interfering with the grieving is not. Being different is one thing, but interfering with other’s choice to follow social guidelines is just as unaccepting as those who shun anyone who doesn’t follow the crowd. There has to be a balance between keeping your individuality and allowing other’s to chose theirs, as well as respecting the social proprieties that make people feel comfortable.

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