In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
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A striking young woman who does just as she pleases causes an uproar when she joins a local high school. The student body, previously a fairly homogenous group of teens, doesn't know whether to react to her with respect and attraction or revulsion. One young man in particular finds himself torn between really liking her and all her eccentricities, and having a hard time dealing with how she alienates people because of her differences.
Everything about Mica High School is normal, until a homeschooled girl, named Stargirl, begins attending here for her sophomore year. Stargirl is a rather unique girl. She goes around the cafeteria playing a ukulele, she carries around a rat, she even gives little gifts and cards to people she doesn't even know. When she first comes to the school, people love her. The boys in school are struck by her beauty. The girls are both jealous and excited to have her. When Stargirl takes an interest in a young man, Leo Borlock, he's full of excitement and anxiety that he could possibly be falling in love with such an interesting girl. He also wants to feature her on his school television show - Hot Seat. The students come to love her individuality, enthusiasm, and her silliness. She quickly becomes popular, till her determination to bring happiness to everyone changes everyone's opinion about her. Suddenly, Stargirl isn't the popular girl that everyone enjoyed. The students start to question her differences, and she is soon rejected by almost everyone in the school, except for Leo, who falls in love with her, and - now Stargirl's only friend - Dori Dilson. Stargirl and Leo are having a great relationship till something wants to change his mind. Leo may not be strong enough to make the right decision. Stargirl is a truly inspiring story. Jerry Spinelli made a book that many can relate to. Many students and people today want to try to fit in, but the character Stargirl proves it's okay to be different. Stargirl teaches you to be yourself. You will be drawn into the story, as you can see yourself in several of the situations encountered in Stargirl.
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