Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli is actually a reread for me. But it’s been 10 years since that first read!
Synopsis: There’s a new girl in Leo’s school. She isn’t like the other girls. She has a pet rat, plays the ukulele, and doesn’t care what other people think. But when she gets close to Leo, she changes. And this change doesn’t make her happy. So what’s so wrong with being abnormal then?
Wow, this book. I remember liking it the first time I read it, but this second time around I just wanted to cry. Society sucks. High school kids are awful. The world is a terrible place. Why can’t socially awkward kids be acceptable? All of the social commentary about being yourself and conforming just hurt my soul for Stargirl.
This book also has adorable moments, and it’s filled with magnificent writing. Just go and read this book and know that you don’t need anybody’s approval! Be you and be happy!
I think the reason the MC’s name is Stargirl is because she wins all the book review stars: 5 out of 5.