Book Review Four

Stargirl- By Jerry Spinelli
Original Reviewer: Julia -->  

“Nothing’s more fun than being carried away.”  (Pg. 81) While reading Stargirl, that is exactly what happened to me. There were just so many things to think about when reading this book. After reading Julia’s review about the book Stargirl, I decided to read it for myself, and there was so much to learn from some of the characters. I absolutely agree with Julia’s point about how the setting was well developed. The setting was well put out. The author didn’t give us an obvious setting. It was unique and well presented. The story tied in with how Stargirl felt about the desert. As Julia said, “We should bring melody to the mountains”. Julia defined the theme as the value and definition of acceptance and popularity. I define mine as importance of your level in society in life, and accepting your status”.  Why? Because as Julia stated, Stargirl had to understand the real value of what popularity meant.  However, I didn’t feel that she needed to understand the definition, as she figured it out as she experienced being popular, and she learnt that every status of society has a role to play. You just need to accept your level, as no level is more important than the other. Julia talked about how both the main characters (Leo and Stargirl) were dynamic, meaning that they were well-developed characters and you knew a lot about them. I agree that Stargirl is a dynamic character, but I think Leo is actually flat, as we don’t know much about him in general.

            “When a stargirl cries, she sheds not tears but light.” (Pg. 181) Stargirl is unique and amazing in her own way. It was hard to compare her to many I know. She was always an open-minded person, as she accepted everything and anything. This book made me think about my life and how I can change it. There are parts of me that want to be like Stargirl, while other parts think differently. There were always parts that I could relate to in everyday life, and things that really made my mind race like a racecar with questions just pouring out. I always wanted to keep reading because that was the only way my questions could get answered. This book may be written in a language that younger kids can understand, but to me it was written with a perfect balance of simplicity and what I like to callthink but not know’. The words were simple and not Shakespeare, but the way Spinelli writes, even if the writing is simple and straightforward, he links his writing to the story in a way the writing just lights up. And I personally don’t think the writing was simple because it was from a high school student’s point of view. I think that is just Spinelli’s style. However, this is the first book that I have read written by him, so I think someone else could be a better judge. Overall this was an extraordinary book.

“Why fit in when you're born to stand out?” –Jerry Spinelli      


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