Audio Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Author: Jerry Spinelli
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her – normal.


5 out of 5

My Thoughts

Yeah, so obviously I L-O-V-E-D this book.  I don’t think it comes as a surprise, because this book has been praised over and over again.  I’m not going to do a full review because there are so many out there.  I’m just going to send out my thoughts by way of bullet lists.

  • Let’s start with Stargirl herself.  I mean, wow, she is such a character.  I’ve never, ever met anyone like Stargirl, someone who is so herself, and, for the most part, isn’t afraid to be herself.  I love that she wants to cheer for everyone, and always does such wonderful things for everyone.  And dude, I want to be more like her, even as an adult.
  • Leo, our narrator, was pretty great, too.  He did some things that frustrated me, but I think a lot of us would have done what he did, especially when we were teens.  Of course I wanted to scream at him for not doing what he knew he should.  But at the same time, would I have been brave enough in high school?  I’m not sure.
  • I absolutely love the way this story is told.  We get to know Stargirl through Leo, so we never learn what precisely is going through Stargirl’s head.  And I think that’s perfect, because no one at her new school knows either.  Stargirl’s thought processes are so different from everyone else’s at Mica High School, and we get to experience that feeling too because we see what Mica students sees.
  • Although I do love how Stargirl was told, sometime I really did want to know her thoughts more.  I wanted to dive into her brain and see what she was thinking, and why she was thinking that.  And I wanted to know how she got to be who she is in this book.  I think in the sequel, Love, Stargirl, we do get to know Stargirl more, so I’m so reading that one soon!!!
  • I FREAKING LOVED THE END.  I loved seeing, years, and years after Stargirl was at Mica HS, we got to see her influences.  It was just perfect.  I hope life really does work like that.  Stargirl maybe never know how she changed for good a school, but others did, and that is awesome.
  • John Ritter was the narrator for this audiobook, and I really liked him narrating.  His voice was really perfect somehow.  I don’t know if I would like him as a narrator for any other type of story for Stargirl, he totally rocked it.

So, have you guys read Stargirl?  If you haven’t, you must make time for it.  It’s a very quite read.  And I definitely recommend the audiobook.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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13 Responses to Audio Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  1. Adina says:

    Somehow I missed this one altogether but I’m intrigued. Sounds greats 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      I don’t think I worded that right. Stargirl is not a new book, but I’ve heard a lot of bloggers telling me I should read it. Also, as a librarian, this book is always recommended it to me.

  2. I am curious about this story! Need to check it out!

  3. Jade says:

    I’ve missed all this praise of Stargirl… I even missed the book some how…. I must be living under a rock. You have me interested though with the brief thoughts you shared. I’m not an audiobook kind of girl, but I’ll definitely be on the look out for this one.

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    • Quinn says:

      Haha. I think I worded that wrong in my review. Stargirl isn’t a new book. It was published quite a few years ago. But other bloggers have praised this book many times to me. Also in libraryland (I’m a librarian) everyone was telling me I needed to read Stargirl.

  4. I’m with everyone else on the missed-the-hype train. Looks like I need to check it out!

    • Quinn says:

      lol. I totally worded that wrong up above. Stargirl was published quite a few years ago. What I meant to say was that bloggers and library coworkers have been telling me to read Stargirl for ages. Sorry for the confusion.

      But you should check Stargirl out. It’s amazing.

  5. I actually don’t think I’ve ever read Stargirl! After seeing how you gushed about it, I think I might have to give it a shot. It sounds like a really good, quirky read.

  6. I’ll have to check this out! Not heard of it before, but it sounds enchanting 🙂

  7. I read this book alloooong time ago and I can remember that I enjoyed it very much! 🙂

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