The entire time I was reading this book, I was thinking about how it was like propaganda for nonconformity. Obviously, I am for people being themselves. Obviously, I am saddened by how high school often stifles individuality because most people want to be liked by their peers.(not that can't be liked if you are free-spirited, individual, and carefree...I'm just saying, I remember high school. If you don't remember some people that were ostracized because of their individuality, you mightn't be accurately remembering high school. People only need ONE reason to think you're a weirdo.) I did not like the fact that Stargirl's character did nothing that might be deemed normal. She did a lot of lovely things--keeping track of her happy/sad balance by putting rocks into and taking them out of a wagon, putting cards into people's mailboxes when they need cheering up, but she did not have a read on when some things she did were inappropriate, or if other people were uncomfortable. The author tried to explain this all away by the fact that she was homeschooled and not socialized--I don't really buy it. I've met lots (okay, not LOTS, but some) normal homeschooled kids and Spinelli made it a point to say how "normal" Stargirl's parents are.
Anyway, I guess my point is that I did enjoy the book, but I really felt the point could've been made (and perhaps should've been made with less extreme examples. Stargirl was a really interesting character but she was totally unbelievable.
3 stars is the balancing out of how much I really enjoyed this book and how much I hated it at the same time. Stargirl is a story of nonconformity in high school. Stargirl Caraway comes to Mica High School and cheers for both her team and the opposing team, sings Happy Birthday to every student, and decorates her desk for every class. She has a pet rat that she brings to school, she wears hippie clothes, and she does crazy things like climb on the football goal post during halftime, make photo albums for perfect strangers, and change her name every few years according to her feelings.