Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
You might call it corny – probably because it comes to close to the truth
“Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.
Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.”
“We wanted to define her, to wrap her up as we did each other, but we could not seem to get past "weird" and "strange" and "goofy." Her ways knocked us off balance. ”
This book is for us, about us! All of us.
Ok, it is a book for the young’uns but truer for us oldies. We’ve seen it, done it, but still haven´t figured it out. How can we be the individuals we are meant to be without being hurt, without hurting others?
We are all made out of stardust. All put together in unique ways. And yet … we strive to be like everyone else.
"I explained the ways of people to her. I said you can’t cheer for everybody. She said why not? I said a person belongs to a group, you can’t belong to everyone. She said why not? … This group thing, I said, it’s very strong. It’s probably an instinct. You find it everywhere, from little groups like families to big ones like a town or school, to really big ones like a whole country. How about really, really, big ones, she said, like a planet? Whatever, I said.”
Reading the book one asks oneself, yet again, why?
Good! So it isn't "just another book"!
We are made of dust - stardust?