Have you ever tried to fit in for someone else? That is exactly why Susan Caraway did. The novel Stargirl is about a cheerful, free spirited girl. Her name is Susan, but she is referred to as Stargirl throughout the novel. Stargirl is sixteen years old, and has been homeschooled all her life. Her social skills weren't exactly up to date. Suddenly, she got enrolled in Mica Area High. During her time at Mica Area High she wasn’t accepted by the other students. Her boyfriend Leo Borlock even convinces her to change to try to fit in. In my opinion, she shouldn't have changed herself, I think she would be happy staying true to herself.
Stargirl Caraway has a pet rat, sings happy birthday to people with her ukulele, and wears dresses so long it covers her shoes. Stargirl is definitely a unique person, she's like nothing they’ve ever seen. Her boyfriend, Leo Borlock convinces her she should try to fit in because they are in a world of “them”. Although, when Stargirl change she isn’t happy. Stargirl even has a happy wagon to track her happiness, she puts a pebble in every time she is happy, and takes one out every time she is sad. The happy wagon proves she was happier being herself, “ ‘What’s the biggest number of pebbles ever in the the wagon?’ She gave me a sly grin. ‘Your looking at it’.” That was when she …show more content…
Why would you change yourself for someone else? When she was herself she wasn’t happy, “ I ducked into her room to check out her happy wagon. There were only two stones in it” That was when she changed herself to Susan Caraway, she wasn't happy when she changed. When she was being herself she had seventeen pebbles in her happy wagon, when she changed to Susan she only had two pebbles. Her happy wagon proves that she was happier being herself. If she would have stayed true to herself, she could have been happy at Mica Area High. Stargirl thought she needed to change to be happy, but she didn’t need
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These two activist, John Francis and Julia Butterfly Hill started extraordinary and brave movements in their life time. They both wrote memoirs. John’s is named Planetwalker, which is about when he decided after an oil spill in 1971, to stop using automobiles for twenty-two years and stop speaking shortly after for seventeen years. Julia’s memoir is called The Legacy of Luna Julia, which is about when she wanted to stop Pacific Lumber and decided to sit in a thousand-year-old redwood in Humboldt County, California for about two years. These inspirational people both have similar stories and made an impact on the world
The Perseverance of Louie Zamperini Acclaimed writer, Laura Hillenbrand, in her biography, Unbroken, provides an elegantly written account of the amazing events that occurred in Louie Zamperini's life. Writing to an audience of readers who may know little about his life, Hillenbrand offers a tribute to Louie and the immense strength he had, revealing the power of positivity and perseverance. She creates an interesting mood change in a scene where both men are slowly dying in order to express to us readers that Louie survived because he wouldn't allow himself think otherwise. While telling us of a true event, she achieves her purpose by painting clear images complemented with rich diction; by deliberately using contrasting moods; and by creating
"Masks" by Lucy Grealy is a memoir of her life living with the effects with cancer and the scars it left. As if being diagnosed with cancer was not enough she had to endure the cruel teasing of her peers and the apathetic adults in her life. Unfortunately, her deformed face and loss of hair were not considered average so she was looked down upon. In nearly every aspect of her life she was ostracized because of the appearance of her face. So, Halloween was a night of pure bliss for Lucy.
Starr Carter’s life couldn’t be more different from mine. These differences include heritage, family, personality, as well as schooling. An occurrence that I can relate to is the fact that Starr hides the entirety of the Khalil incident from her friends in school. I have also, many times, hidden certain things from my friends. For the same reason as Starr, I simply did not want to be treated differently which would cause me to then act unlike my usual self.
Stargirl is a new unique girl in the 10th grade. Stargirl is at a new school in and is really different from all the other kids. She doesn’t have very many friends either. Not because she is new, it is because she is different from everyone. The kids at the school is not use to all of the new girls actions, so it makes everyone feel like she is weird.
People in society all try to be accepted, this can impact people’s relationships with eachother. Almost always people want to blend with the crowd and stay with all the trends that society has. Two people in a relationship can want each other to blend in and not be noticed exaggeratedly and be the most “normal” they can be. In literature characters often have relationships with other characters, but society may try to be “ordinary” from the conformity of society. In the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, the protagonist Leo, has an important relationship with Stargirl, which reveals the theme of maintaining individuality, because they both deal with pressures of conformity in their high school.
In Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl, a new student at Mica High, mixes up the lives of all the students and teachers. Her popularity skyrockets, and she ends up friends with almost everyone in the school. Suddenly, her popularity drops rapidly. Hillari, the most popular girl at school, influenced all the students, except one, to dislike Stargirl. The only friends she has left are Leo and Cinnamon, her pet rat.
Lost in the Sun is really breathtaking novel. It really combines the perfect amount of tragedy and everyday life. Then add a sprinkle of sarcasm and bam, you have Lost in the Sun. The question I chose was what evidence I would give the main character but before this I am going to summarize this book for you. In this masterpiece, Lisa Graff depicts the story of a traumatized middle-schooler named Trent.
While reading the story, you can tell in the narrators’ tone that she feels rejected and excluded. She is not happy and I’m sure, just like her family, she wonders “why her?” She is rejected and never accepted for who she really is. She is different. She’s not like anyone else
What do courage, honesty, and standing up for yourself mean to you? In this essay, I will be writing about a book title, The Laura Line, by Crystal Allen. This book is about a thirteen-year-old girl named Laura Eboni Dyson, who goes through bullying in her school for being overweight. Through all these difficulties, something good comes out of it. In the following paragraphs, I will demonstrate how Laura learns to stay true to herself.
Stargirl, is a young adult novel by Jerry Spinelli. It is told by the first persons point of view, by Leo Borlock in Stargirls school. In this book Stargirl deals with issues of conformity versus individuality, and many problems with society around her. Just like in the "real" world outside, high schoolers usually feel pressures from society to conform, fit in, and avoid ruffling feathers. Sometimes people refer to this as peer pressure, but peer pressure sounds a little bit like isolated moments rather than one big ongoing pressure.
Adolescence; a turning point for children, a stage in which individuals mark their first official liberation from their mother’s womb. It is a period brimming with wanderlust, a time to take on greater responsibility, to experiment, to surmount profuse hardships and difficulties. Nonetheless, the beauty of youth always includes ramifications. Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, is a captivating novel that remains realistic and true to life. The book is threaded with profound themes and wise characters that embody behavioral facets of youth.