When Stargirl shows up at Mica High the students are intrigued. She’s everything they’re not used to. She’s sweet, energetic, enchanting, and most of all different. At first they adore her and welcome her into their quiet world. Leo Borlock is spellbound by everything that Stargirl stands for. He’s not sure where she came from but he’s sure she’s unlike any girl he’s ever met. He revels in her attention and stands by her side. Things seem to be going well until all of a sudden the students at Mica High begin to turn on Stargirl. They force her to change her different ways and try to conform to what they believe is normal. At fist Leo likes the changes in Stargirl, but slowly finds that he loves her for who she really is, not just who others want her to become.
This novel does an excellent job of depicting the very tenuous platform of popularity in high school. Kids love what’s new and exciting, but ultimately they begin to feel threatened when someone isn’t more like what they are used to. Stargirl is a unique and delightful character with more spunk and spirit than your average teenager. It’s easy to see how young Leo falls in love with her. He finds her unorthodox daily celebrations endearing and so did I. Stargirl is the type of character that makes us think about how we treat one another and ask ourselves how we might be better people. The novel will encourage young adults to examine their own relationships and see where they might be kinder to those who are just a little different from them.
I would recommend this book for young adults of any age level. It is a clean novel with no sex or violence and a strong message of goodwill. It might be particularly good for teens about to start high school, but all ages will enjoy the message.