STARGIRL

3 Jun

Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., 2000 First Scholastic Inc. soft cover edition – YA 186 pages

“We toasted the moon and moths and all brief things.” *

These few words are what first attracted me to Stargirl. But these few words are from the sequel: *Love, Stargirl. I read them on Yuri’s blog, Bookswept. But I didn’t want to get ahead of myself so, I ordered the first book, simply called Stargirl. I surmised, if the sequel can grab me with so little effort, imagine what the first book will do.

I began reading the instant it came to be in my hands. My first thought was immediate: ‘There’s no title on this cover.’ And then came: ‘Spinelli, seems to me, you’ve broken the number one cardinal rule of writing: you’re telling your story, instead of showing it.’ But those thoughts fluttered away as quickly as they came. Spinelli told about the characters, feelings, places – I kept reading and before I knew it, I had read myself right to the end of the book.

Never mind that I was in the middle of reading The Labyrinth.
Never mind that Spinelli breaks all the rules that writers live by.

This story is about a girl who lives outside the lines; who dances in the rain without an umbrella; who has a rat for a friend; who erases herself so she can blend into a moment in time. This is a story that is told in the first person narrative by a boy who is not the first person. This is about what happens in High School when someone weird walks the halls.

After having been immersed within the pages of some serious readings, this book was a breath of fresh air. A real delight of a treat! Stargirl swept me off my feet into a world I knew was always in me. Into a world, if you’re lucky, you’ve been to, once or twice at least. Into a world, I am going to revisit more often now that I have met this wonderful Stargirl. And, the telling? Works very nicely in this YA tome. Very nicely indeed.

I leave you with the words on the back cover of this book:

“She was elusive. She was today. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”

 

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2 Responses to “STARGIRL”

  1. Lady Fancifull June 3, 2014 at 8:59 p06 #

    This sounds lovely!

    • WORDMAN June 3, 2014 at 8:59 p06 #

      Lovely. Yes, that’s it exactly!

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