Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

This was the second time that I’ve read Stargirl and I had one of those strange reading experiences.  I revered this book for years, always suggesting it and talking about how much I loved it.  When I started my second reading, I wasn’t sure why I loved it so much the first time.  Then, halfway through, I felt that ache to be a better me.  When I finished it, I was a heartbroken mess.

Leo is a typical guy.  He’s just typical.  He has friends.  He has interests.  He has plans.  He’s not a bad guy, just typical.  Then along comes Stargirl.  Like someone from a different planet, Stargirl does everything her own way and is surprised when she finds out that there might be another way.  She seems like happiness and light, the kind of person who cannot be pinned down.  At first these are the things that make her so popular but when she does something that goes against the grain too much for the rest of the school she finds herself shunned.

Leo is torn.  He loves Stargirl but he can’t help but wish for things to be easier, for Stargirl to be more normal.

I honestly don’t know what to tell you about this book besides the fact that it made me feel all of the feels.  Now I need to lock myself in a room a cry for a bit…


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