arjaye wrote:STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli
In a merely 5 hours of solid reading, it got me 5 solid stars in the end.
Crossing upon its title, i cannot help but to be reminded by Stardust of Neil Gaiman. Maybe the rhyme that i get from the title itself. Or the lead character being described to be different, weird, unreal, out of this world. Or just maybe because of how its written, simple yet profound.
Stargirl is new in town. A subject of so many set of eyes in school. She is different, she doesn't conform to the norms. She dresses funny for others, do weird stuffs like serenading each and everyone by ukulele, acts mysteriously, friendly to everybody. That is why nobody likes her. Or wanting to be associated with her. Mocked. Humiliated. Shunned. But one thing i admire, or rather envy of her is being oblivious to the world. She does not give a bit of a care on what others are thinking about her. She is not shy. She is not embarrassed. She just do what she feels like doing. Actually, i liked her since the beginning. She got me shaking my head quite a few times because of her antics, but these all were in a very good way. oh the cheerleading moments were precious! but honestly, the little things that she does where actually the big things. When i learn to know of her more, i was in awe. She has this big eyes, yes, but with big bigger heart. She is such a sweetheart!
I would love to be Stargirl.
Unfortunately, I am Leo most of the time. He is as scared as a rat to think that everybody will not like him because he's doing differently, acting abnormally. But whose standards? By them, by the society he is living in. So he gave in, do what everybody is doing. Even though in reality, all he wanted to do is to be with Stargirl. Because with her he can be his real self, express it freely and not just go with the flow. He tended to change her ways, according to everybody's accepted usual behavior, so as not to be ignored, not to be shunned. But what did it get him?nothing. Where did it lead him? nowhere. He just became one of the puppets that work only if one is pulling the strings. Not different, just normal. But why would you insist on being normal, if you ought to shine in your own different way. Like Stargirl. Don't tell me she never tried to fit in. She did! But you will know how it ended when you finish reading the story.
I wonder what happened to her sometimes.
But one thing is for sure. After closing the last page, i learned a lot of things, opened my eyes to more important ones.
Like being different is not always weird.
Like being happy is not always about myself. It is about what others might feel.
Like acts of kindness can be done without harboring credits from it.
Like acceptance cannot be earned by conforming to everything.
Like small things can be the bigger things.
And so on and so forth.
I would still definitely want to be Stargirl. Or somehow like her.
I HAVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK! BUT I STILL NEED TO REREAD IT COZ I MERELY SKIMMED IT THE LAST TIME BEFORE PUTTING IT ON MY SHELF. GOT DISTRACTED BY OTHER BOOKS AGAIN. BUT I KNOW THIS IS ONE GREAT BOOK