Why I bought it? I was looking through the YA section of the BN and it was facing out and the cover caught my eye. I already knew about Jerry Spinelli and the back of the book hook was interesting, so... sold.
Synopsis: Stargirl has been homeschooled her whole life and decides that she wants to go to school with the other kids. She's unique and fresh and makes quite an impression on them. Leo falls for her, but he has a hard time accepting her as she is. When the kids at school turn on her Leo convinces her to try to be normal. Will that be the end of Stargirl? How will she be able to thrive in conformity?
What I thought? This read is profound and moving and an utter must for pre-teens and teenagers. I loved it. Stargirl is such a compelling character. I found myself completely under her power. You will love her and wish you could be her (at least be as strong as she is). She is a personality that you will think about long after you have finished reading. (I actually read this a good while ago and still think about it. With last week's vacation that didn't allow much reading time and beta reading for friends, I haven't gotten a new book done for this week, so I pulled it out to review today.) Along with Stargirl's ups and downs, Leo's struggle is engrossing and understandable--so human. If you haven't read it yet, read it. It's not that long. 186 pages that fly by.
My Rating: ***** (It gets even better on re-reading.)
My Daughter's Rating: *****+ (She actually gave it 10 stars, but as you all know she will not follow the conventions of the 5 star system. At least you know that she REALLY liked it. For those who don't know, she's 14.)
Cleanness Score: 2 out of 10 There is really nothing much there. Spinelli is pretty good about that sort of thing. It only gets a 2 because of the psychological intrigue.
It appears that a movie is in the works. Several websites say that Nickelodeon has the rights. With any good book being made into a movie, I worry that they will ruin the story--but especially so here. It's such a charming story. I hope they don't mangle it.