Monday, June 18, 2018

Book Review : Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli


It was one of those random trips at the bookstore when I first encountered Star Girl. Truth to be told, I only got attracted with minimalistic yet intriguing cover. Despite the interesting story, I wasn't keen on buying the book. Save for the few good reviews I read, I remembered it when I saw the last copy from National Bookstore's first Book Binge Bazaar. I got it for almost half of its retail price.


Star Girl relates the story of Leo and Star Girl Caraway. Leo is the typical student actively working in the school's media club. The real story started when Star Girl Caraway enters their school. I guess in any school, we always have that eccentric classmate. Star Girl has the strangest outfit and antics. This eventually made Star Girl notorious in the entire campus. But some twist of events, Leo started to develop feelings for Star Girl. He started to love the girl everyone dislikes. 

The book maybe clustered under the genre of YA reads. However, its message appeals adults, who have forgotten how to become kids at heart. I love how it emphasises one of life's greatest ironies. We were conditioned to discover our uniqueness. To stand out, we must be learn to be extraordinary. Those who succeeded in life were those who dared to become different. Unfortunately, these life principles only work in the ideal world. In reality, people who made all means to be different eventually become discriminated and hated, case of Star Girl. 

The story also conveyed a thing or two about love. For people who have the purest heart like Star Girl, love is simple and easy. But for Leo and the rest of us, love is often complicated by doubts, fears and standards set by .... what other people would say. 

Above anything else, I love how the story started and ended with a porcupine necktie. The entire story telling approach may not be moving or compelling. However, the necktie made it for me. ;) Overall, I'm giving Star Girl 4 out of 5 stars. 

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