It’s beautiful and heartfelt and a little bit magical. When I closed the book it made me want to be a better me.
There are times through out our married life that Mike and I have read a good book together, out loud reading, while we hung out on the couch with blankets over us cozied up to one another and the sound of each other’s voices.
This is the perfect book for reading in one long date night together.
It brings up ideas on non-conformity, blending in, going with the flow, going against the flow, standing up for something or someone, being true to yourself and what you can offer the people around you, kindness, and humanity.
It’s a beautiful story that opens up the way for heartfelt discussions.
Questions you can ask each other as you read (or when the story is over):
What would you have done (in this story) when you were in high school?
Who in the story do you think you are/were most like?
In what ways do you think you are different now than you were in high school? How are you the same?
What is the most important idea to you in this story?
Is there something this story inspires you to do? If so, what are you inspired to do?
If you’re not the read-out-loud-kind-of-person you could each get the book and read silently, cuddled on the couch together, and then discuss after you’ve finished reading.
Stargirl plays a game in the book that is a fun way to learn compassion about people.
You could try it together on your next date:
Spot someone in the mall or at the park. Watch them for 10-15 minutes. Stop on a bench together and talk about what you think their story is after watching them. Once you have created their story imagine what kind of card (birthday, keep your chin up, congratulations, it will be okay) you would send them in the mail if you actually knew them.
There are all kinds of discussions to have with a book like this. If you get the scholastic version then there are questions at the back that you can talk about, too. Either way, I highly recommend reading this book. (side note: a great family book to read and discuss if your children are about to enter junior high)
Have fun with this book and see where it takes you….
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