February 18, 2015

I Wanna Be Stargirl

I read Stargirl this week and was again blown away by the beauty of this story. I read it a few years ago when my daughter read it for school. I tend to make reading assignments for my kids a reading assignment for myself because I need to be informed on what they're reading, right? (Let's be honest, it's just an awesome excuse to read!)

This story impacted me in a huge way. It's told through the eyes of a high school boy and reveals how a new student, Stargirl, changes his perspective. Stargirl seems to be completely unaffected by any social norm. She is loving, giving, musical and full of surprises; but she goes against what most people consider normal so she's not received well. I'll admit, there's a part of me that wants to be her ~ so wholly unaffected by the opinions of others that you live life with absolute freedom. 

"She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. 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 a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew."

If you have children in your life, gift them with this book! Or just gift yourself, it's a powerful story.

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