Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl offers readers with a nice, enjoyable story and an important message. The book is in first-person through the perspective of Leo, who is an ordinary kid that attends an ordinary school. One day, things change at Leo’s school as there is a new girl who goes by the name Stargirl. Stargirl is very different from everyone else in the school with her bright personality and unusual behavior. She plays the ukulele at school, wears an interesting fashion, and she is not afraid to express herself. Throughout the book, Stargirl’s popularity in school changes, as well as her relationship with Leo.

This book was definitely a good read, but it was not one of my personal favorites. I did not find the plot to be very exciting as the book did not contain much suspense. Still, I thought Stargirl was an enjoyable read. The book had several important themes for middle schoolers and high schoolers, including topics on popularity, love, kindness, and being yourself. I also liked the novel’s ending, as it left some loose ends. Overall, the book had a cute storyline and valuable themes. I would recommend Stargirl to any teen that likes to read realistic fiction or would like to enjoy a nice, calm read.

Available: Electronically via Hoopla or Physically in the Library

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reviewed by: Sarah (15) of MNHS

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