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Stargirl – Review by Gina, Teen Blogger

A Fill-it-in Review.

Title: Stargirl

Author: Jerry Spinelli

Summary: Just like her name suggests, the moment Stargirl arrives at Mica High School, she is the center of attention. She sparks up the students with just one cheer. She melts Leo Borlock’s heart effortlessly. Everyone is fascinated with her. At first.

Six Word Summary: Everyone loved her, then they didn’t.

I started reading it because...I kept reading it because…

I started reading Stargirl because I really liked the book cover. It’s cleverly simple and very cute. Later, I learned that the cover artist is the author himself. That was a big plus which got me to like the cover even more. I often judge books by their covers, but this time, I judged it right. Once I started the book, I knew I had to read it to the end because the story only gets more interesting. This is probably because the characters each have their own distinct personalities (especially our main character Stargirl!) and when they interact with each other, the consequences are attention-grabbing.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of…

When I read the ending, I freaked out a bit to be honest. I thought it really was the end of the story, and Stargirl and Leo did not turn out as I had wanted. Fortunately, my paperback copy of Stargirl had an excerpt of the sequel, Love, Stargirl. The ending of Stargirl was quite unsatisfying to me personally, but I’m sure the sequel will make everything about it better. I started the sequel but did not finish it yet.

If the main character(s) were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:

Spark up a revolution by playing a ukulele.

This book reminded me of The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney because…

Both stories took place mostly at the school with some portions in the cafeteria where, like in most teen novels, the popular students and groups (like cliques) were described. For example, Doria wanted to sit with Lutie at her table (in The Lost Songs) and Leo kept glancing over at Stargirl’s table. Also, characters in both excelled at what they did: Doria at playing the organ and Leo at running a TV show. The two novels were very different, but the way the novels portrayed certain things was very similar.

Websites of interest

Anything else we should know…

There is a sequel to this novel: Love, Stargirl.


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