Friday, 18 July 2014

"Why fit in when you are born to stand out?"

Star girl By Jerry Spinelli.

Genre: Young Adult.
Goodreads Rating: 3.73/5.
My Rating: 4/5.
Sexual Content: Almost none.
Character development: 4/5.
Plot: 3.5/5.
Setting: United States.
Publisher: Scholastic. 
Verdict: Read it. You just might become a better person.

Many of the people I have been following on Goodreads recently seemed to think highly of this book, and so suddenly without no plan whatsoever I went out and got this book. And I am glad.

The title quote encapsulates the theme of Stargirl perfectly. This is a story about a girl who did things for others more than herself and that made her happy and befuddled the others. This is a story about a girl who was what she was - herself. This is a story about a girl who shone just as bright as all the stars in the sky.

The plot of this book isn't very complicated and neither is the writing. Stargirl is a story about a girl named Stargirl (tautology overload) who has been home schooled for her whole life and now is pushed into the self-inflicted version of 'Hunger Games' arena that is high school. A place where everyone is comfortable being labelled in groups and everyone has lost in touch with themselves, but refuses to believe so, in particular a boy named Leo, whose eye Stargirl catches and the other way round too. 

The best bit about Stargirl is she makes me wish I was more individualistic. She makes me question do I care about what people say up to an extent where I am not even happy being me anymore? These questions won't last long because you gotta do what you gotta do, but just for a little while, this book gives you hope, that one day you will wake up and you will not be so afraid anymore.

Have you read Stargirl? If you have, let me know in the comments section without giving out any spoilers what you thought of the book or e-mail me at and if you mention something I did not mention, I will mention it and give credit where credit is due.

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