Stargirl

Book Information
22232Title: Stargirl
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Date of Publication: September 2002

Summary
From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her – normal.

My Review

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…

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.

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I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews about this book since 2012 and I don’t know why it’s only now that I decided to finally read it. Maybe A.J. Fikry was right when he said that ‘books sometimes don’t find us until the right time. I realized that I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction lately that I’m starting to forget the feeling of having that emotional high over a story. So, I decided to pick up a YA book for a change. I’m thankful that I made a right choice this time because reading Stargirl has indeed gave me that delightful feeling. In fact I’ve caught myself smiling alone  several times while reading just because I really can’t help it.

Ah, Stargirl! She’s the strangest yet the most big-hearted girl you’ll ever met. As someone who is fond of stories with eccentric characters, I didn’t find it hard to like Stargirl. I like that she’s weird, innocent and carefree and I can easily relate to her because I can be like her sometimes. I mean, my officemates often describe me as someone who’s living in her own world (may sariling mundo) but I take it as a compliment, so I can somehow relate to Stargirl.

What I love most about this book is the lesson we can learn from Stargirl: Always be yourself because you are enough to stand out and make a lasting impact to this world. 🙂

My Rating: ★★★★★

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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

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What is it really that stops us from becoming mighty warriors in the Lord? God has not changed. He is still superior to anything the enemy can throw against us.

No personal or church situation is too hopeless for the all-sufficient power of the Holy Spirit. God will be no more eager to act tommorow than he is right now. He is waiting for us to take his promises seriously and go boldly to the throne of grace. He wants us to meet the enemy at the very point of attack, standing against Him in the name of Christ. When we do so, God will back us up with all the resources of heaven.

This book basically summarizes what God is teaching me lately when it comes to my personal ministry. Ministry is nothing without the help of the Holy Spirit. This book has really challenged me to pray fervently and really ask God to increase my faith so that He can use me effectively for the advancement of His kingdom. I hope and pray that soon I will be able to share  to everyone the practical application of the things I’ve learned from this book in my life.
Please pray for me too. 🙂