Monday, October 7, 2013

Influential Books: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Hello Fellow Page-Turners,


Since I am still in Italy serving on a humanitarian service mission, I still don't really have time to review new books and write new reviews. :( But I'm loving my time here in Italy. Last month I shared one of the most influential books I've ever read and that was Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay. This month I'd like to follow suit. 

Another really influential book that I read is one that actually is quite surprising and ironic. The book is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. I'm not even sure that I really liked this novel more than a lot of the other novels I read. In fact, it was pretty average. It was well-written but not really that spectacular and yet it changed my outlook completely. 

This novel was an assigned book in seventh grade. As I read it, my teacher spent a lot of time talking about Stargirl was a nonconformist and was just so comfortable in her own skin that she didn't care what people thought.

In my junior high days, I was very concerned with what other people thought. I wanted to fit in and then we read this book that celebrated nonconformity and told us that it was okay to be different. It changed my entire outlook.

As I read, I kept thinking, "you know, Stargirl is really strange and yet I wish I could be like her." Since then, I've learned to celebrate non-conformity. I'm not talking about doing anything too strange, but I just think that the idea that you should be comfortable in your own skin is so powerful.

Ever since then I've cared less about what people think about me and more about what I think. People say books can't change people or how people think. I disagree. This very simple book that I read in seventh grade changed my outlook on life. And now almost ten years later, I still remember it.


If you'd like to learn more about this book, here's the Goodreads summary and the Amazon link.

Is there a book that changed how you viewed the world? Is there a book that really did change how you think? If so, what book?

Love,

Danica Page

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