Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (#37 on NPR Top 100 Teen Books List)

Leo enjoys a perfectly ordinary life at his high school. Everybody has their place, and they stick to it. Things work. Leo is happy.
And then Stargirl shows up. Stargirl who wears costumes. Stargirl who has a pet rat. Stargirl who sings happy birthday on a ukelele in the cafeteria every day. Stargirl who bursts into Leo’s life and changes the way he sees everything.

At first, Stargirl’s peculiarities excite Leo. He loves how different she is compared to all the other girls he sees everyday. But he soon falls victim to the peer pressures of popularity, and demands that Stargirl becomes Susan, not realising the consequences of these teenage requests. 

“Stargirl” is a brilliant exploration of being a teenager and the costs of standing out, and fitting in. I fell in love with Stargirl from the moment she was introduced, and the more I read, the more I wanted to be her. The characters in “Stargirl” are amazingly realistic in the way of John Green characters. Like Margo Roth Speigleman or Alaska Young, Stargirl is a perfect representation of the brokenness of teenage girls. We see the utter truthfulness behind her character. She is not a cookie cutter perfect girl, not a cliche of teenage stereotypes. Stargirl is inspirational to the highest degree, and makes you want to be an all around better person. 

I devoured “Stargirl” in a single sitting, and then raced to buy the sequel, “Love, Stargirl” which I read just as quickly. “Stargirl” is everything you could ask for in a Young Adult Novel, and so, so much more. 

Rating: 5/5
Published By: Orchard Books (UK), Random House (USA)

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