Star Girl

Book: Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli 

"celebration of nonconformity"

Synopsis: Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. 

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. [via Amazon]

Book Notes: Last i remember reading this was back in high school (yes, it does seem quite distant right about now). It was one of my favourites, and i know they all say never judge a book by its cover, but it was the cover the originally attracted me to the book. I remember this because while i was clearing out my shelves, i realized, wrapped in plastic Love, Star Girl was buried behind newer books, forgotten and still in its pristine condition.

I figured best to take a trip down memory lane, and remember the beauty of what attracted me to the original one. While i was reading i kept thinking, wow if this were a movie that luna lovegood girl from the potter movies would be perfect, and perhaps that was the character that started to form in my imagination. She was a brave teenager. High school is a bitch, and mean girls do exist. It all seems so far a way now, but delete the school setting, and it made me realize that Stargirl was a representation of everything we're too afraid to do—LIVE. 

To be alive is so muddled with the whateverness of the life we live in. We give excuses and we conform because its easier to blend in rather than the odd one out. But deep down i know theres a Stargirl in all of us, we just need to rediscover that aspect of ourselves. We just need to have more happy wagon rocks.

Book Quotes: 

"Whose affection do you value more, hers or the others?"

"She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day."

"Will i ever see her again?... Big country. Small world. Who knows?"


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