“Stargirl” (Book Review)
Aubrey Rogerson ’17 // January 4, 2017
Stargirl by Jerri Spinelli is a sneak peek into the life of an ordinary boy who becomes infatuated with an extraordinary, totally individual girl. The first day of school, Leo is taken with the flow of her skirt and the captivating smile that comes to her naturally. Throughout the year, Leo does anything necessary to have and protect Stargirl.
Micha High School is immediately taken with this amazing girl. With an unusual name, she is unafraid of being exactly who she is in a place that worships those who blend. Stargirl quickly climbs the social ladder until she reaches the top. Sadly, as fast as she arrives at the top, her classmates’ push her back to the bottom, shunning her mercilessly. Leo, frantic to keep Stargirl at Micha High, begs her to blend, to give up her individuality.
All that Stargirl is and ever wanted to be is herself. She doesn’t particularly care to be pieces of everyone else haphazardly sewn together with her name being the only thing truly her own. Yet, Leo has become undeniably important.
The question is, is he impactful enough to change her? Will she give up everything, even herself, to stay with him?
This book that will soon be adapted for screen is a raw look at the difficulty of being yourself in high school and the power of first loves.