Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl is one of those books that is so pretty to read, you just want to underline stuff.  then you realize that if you started underlining stuff, you'd end up with the whole book underlined and a lot of dead pens. 


Parts like this


"She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music.
She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school.  In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was."


And this


“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”


This too


“You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.”


Everyone knows or knew a Stargirl.  Maybe you were Stargirl, maybe you are Stargirl.  The beauty of this book besides its prose is how real and timeless it feels and it was written by a man old enough to be my grandfather.   After reading the last page I closed the book and said wow and tried to gather the pieces of my heart that Jerry Spinelli shattered.  It's the kind of book where you hold your breath at the end and don't realize it until you turn the last page and gasp.      


Read it.  Love it.  Thank me later.