Friday, 24 January 2014

Carrie Says | Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

I am proud to say my New Year's Resolution of reading books recommended by Carrie Hope Fletcher is going very well and what's more, I am enjoying it so very much! The blog post series that goes alongside it is called Carrie Says and you can read more about it HERE. My first post was about An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell and I was so excited to read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli from THIS video.

Carrie says she read it and found herself "wanting to be Stargirl for months on end."

Doesn't the grass look healthy? Ha! It's er... symbolism for Stargirl being so awesome compared to everyone else being like... dead grass. Oh.

Where to start...

Stargirl is a girl who's far from lost in the crowd. With a ukulele, a pet rat and quirky ways, she often finds herself at the centre of attention that others may find unwanted. When Stargirl becomes the light beaming through a school full of "following the crowd" characters, a wave of non-conformity is evident. Only, with this came problems.

I have to talk about the cover of the book. It's so quirky. In my eyes, it reflects what Stargirl is like: exciting, bright, different. I have never tried as hard to preserve a book's beauty as much as I did when I read Stargirl (which may seem ironic as I have photographed it on grass). I really couldn't bare the thought of a creased page or a bent corner on the front cover. It's too sweet.

Leo's heart is captivated by the presence of Stargirl at Mica High; her lovely nature, her odd but wonderful ways, her faultless kindness and meaning behind everything she does sparks his interest. Yet, it is also everything that tears them apart. One moment the school is entranced by everything she does and the next they are not; one moment Leo is fascinated by her every move and the next he feels the pressures of normality.

I loved Stargirl because it is isn't like anything I've every read before. Although it is aimed at a younger audience, I've never learnt so much from one book. It felt very real and honest even if the actions of Stargirl were like nothing I've ever experienced; it's a refreshing read. Stargirl is a beautifully eye-opening novel. It is sweet and moving and I recommend it to all of my friends.

Porcupine Neckties & Magic,

The Girl in the Moonlight.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this book for years - since I was in high school! Time to give it another go I think!


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