He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. The story continues with the sequel, Love, Stargirl , which is written in Stargirl’s perspective about her new life after Mica Area High School.
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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.
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.
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.
Stargirl decides that the best way to become popular is to win the state’s public speaking competition, which she does. But when she returns to the school expecting a hero’s welcome, only three people show up. Realizing that she has achieved nothing by trying to fit in and has betrayed her true self, Stargirl reverts to her former personality. Leo cannot cope with the shunning that comes with being Stargirl’s boyfriend and breaks off their relationship.
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 knowledge. She is, in almost every way, unconventional.
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.
One of Stargirl’s quirks is singing happy birthday to students when it is their birthday, bringing her ukulele to school to do so. When Hillari orders Stargirl not to sing to her on her birthday, Stargirl sings Hillari’s name but directs the song to Leo and mentions in front of everyone that she thinks he is cute. Though at first rejected by most of the students, Stargirl gains a measure of popularity by joining the cheer leading squad. Students mimic her behavior, and at lunch she no longer sits alone. Her antics on the squad spark a boom in audience attendance at sporting events.
Although from my own experience, I did not find myself in either Leo’s or Stargirl’s situation when I was their age, I felt like I could completely relate to them. I could feel how much Leo was torn between his feelings for Stargirl and his sense of belonging with the rest of the school. I could understand the lengths to which Stargirl went to please Leo; I could perceive her happy moments, disappointments and heartaches. Their realness leaped out at me from the pages, it was that good a book.
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.
Stargirl from Disney+ is a tender and offbeat coming-of-age story based on the critically-acclaimed, New York Times’ best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves…and their world.
The boys in school are immediately struck by her quiet, unassuming beauty. The girls are both jealous of her innate naturalness and excited to have her enthusiasm in the school. For Leo Borlock, it’s a mixture of fear and excitement that has him falling in love with the mysterious Stargirl-and a desire to see her on the Hot Seat, the in-school television show he runs with his best friend, Kevin.
The voice of the book is a young man who becomes fascinated by Stargirl and befriends her, even though many of her antics make her an outcast, otherwise. Through a series of events, she becomes wildly popular, then widely despised. For this boy, she experiments with being conventional for awhile.
Disney+ has released the first trailer for Stargirl Today also happens to be star Grace VanderWaal‘s 16th birthday. VanderWaal first captured the attention of millions when she played her ukulele in her YouTube videos and then again when she won season 11 of America’s Got Talent by performing her original music. Stargirl, which hits Disney+ on March 13th, marks her feature-length debut and she brings along her trusty ukulele for the ride.
JERRY SPINELLI is the author of many novels for young readers, including The Warden’s Daughter; Stargirl; Love, Stargirl; Milkweed; Crash; Wringer; and Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal; along with Knots in My Yo-Yo String, the autobiography of his childhood. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, poet and author Eileen Spinelli.
The story picks up two years later with the arrival of Stargirl Caraway. Leo learns that up until this point, she has been home schooled, but even that doesn’t seem to excuse her strange behavior; for example, she comes to school in strange outfits—kimonos, buckskin, 1920s flapper clothes, and pioneer clothes. She is so different that at first the student body does not know what to make of her. Hillari Kimble, the most popular girl at Leo’s school, declares that Stargirl is a fake, and speculation and rumors abound.
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.
Notwithstanding such non-conformity, Leo finds himself drawn to Stargirl, as did everyone else – in the beginning. But a series of events makes these very same people turn against Stargirl, and Leo, as well, by association, whom everyone began calling Mr. Stargirl”. Thus, Leo inadvertently comes at a crossroads, and must decide whose opinion matters more to him: Stargirl’s, or everyone else’s.
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.
Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
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.
Fifteen years later, Leo notes that his former high school has become permanently changed, and wonders what has happened to Stargirl. At the end, he reveals that he has received a porcupine necktie in the mail one day before his most recent birthday—presumably from Stargirl.
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.
The kids at school embrace Stargirl-her quirkiness, her individuality, her enthusiasm and exuberance for everything she does. She discovers friends and cheerleading, and she’s popular. Popular, that is, until she starts rooting for the opposition, determined to bring joy and happiness to everyone, not just her home team. Suddenly, she’s not the popular girl that everyone wants to be around. The same individuality that was once embraced is now snubbed, literally, by almost everyone in school. Except for Leo, who’s in love with the enigmatic Stargirl, a girl who whole-heartedly loves him back.
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.
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).
At the same time, though, I wasn’t totally invested in the characters. I kind of felt like Stargirl was a bit too “out there” and sometimes though it was difficult to garner sympathy for a character that was so totally clueless. Well intentioned, yes, but at times too much of a fantasy. I also felt somewhat torn in my feelings towards the narrator. On the one hand, I thought he was very “normal” and his reactions were what I think mine would have been. At certain times, though, he seemed too spineless and and emotionally detached. I suppose, though, he probably was representative of most 16-year-old boys.
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.
But the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, and Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different. Somewhere in the midst of Stargirl’s arrival and rise and fall, normal Leo Borlock has tumbled into love with her.
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.
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.
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.