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Review: Stargirl

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not bad. The characters are pretty naive, in a beautiful way, but my jaded side sometimes had trouble swallowing that. I confess I wanted it to run just a bit deeper than it does. You are also going to need to be able to suspend belief to really love this book, as actions and events don’t always occur in ways that are logical and realistic. You have to let go of any inner-critic and just try to enjoy an unexpected ride.

The message is solid and valuable, assuming you are into the kind of fiction that teaches a life lesson. There were a lot of things I love about this story, but some of the stuff is so over-the-top that it’s hard to forget that you’re reading about fake people. I prefer to be completely folded into the characters’ lives and world, and to feel like they’re completely real, which wasn’t possible for me with this book.

I was always aware that I was reading a quirky book about unlikely characters, surrounding a hypothetical situation. Nothing ever felt fully real to me in this world, which is why despite the interesting ideas and gorgeous sentences, I don’t love this in the way I wish I did. It was good for me, but not great.

Pages: 186

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