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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

“Stargirl” is a story about a unique and eccentric young girl who struggles to stay true to herself while entering into high school. Stargirl whose real name is Susan has been home schooled her whole life. She dresses in themes and costumes, dances in the rain, plays the ukulele while singing happy birthday to classmates, and cheers for both teams at sporting events. Without question Stargirl follows the beat of a different drum.

The story takes the reader through the ups and downs and turmoil’s of high school life. At first no one knows what to make of Stargirl. Then she seems to gain a little popularity which is short-lived. Eventually Stargirl is faced with trying to be normal to appease her boyfriend Leo. She begins to wear normal outfits and stops her strong expressive acts. However she quickly realizes that she is losing herself and is unhappy.

In the end Stargirl makes one last attempt to gain popularity, she enters the state speaking competition and wins. Expecting a large amount of fanfare from her win she is utterly disappointed when she returns to less than 3 people congratulating her.

During the school dance Stargirl shows up again with the persistence and determination of wining over the student population. She gets everyone up and on the floor dancing which annoys the popular girl Hillari who then slaps Stargirl in the face. No one sees Stargirl after that night; however her presents was left on the school; their band has a ukulele, the student body starts a sunflower club, and it becomes a custom for the high school to cheer at the first point scored at every game no matter if it was their teams point.

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