For the Day 2 of the 30-day Book Challenge, the prompt is a book that you’ve read 3 times. And that book is Stargirl by Jerry Spenelli.
This is actually the first Spenelli book that I’ve read, making the author really close to my heart that i started collecting his works (which are mostly books I find in the children’s lit section of Booksales). I rated this with ★★★★☆ stars in Goodreads
I have already read Stargirl back in 2011 as an ebook. But when I spotted a really decent copy of the book at Booksale for only 70 pesos (and it almost looked new!), I decided to buy it and reread the book. When I first read it I hastily gave it a three-star rating, but now I realized that adding another star in my rating is more fitting for this wonderful book.
Self-named Stargirl exudes nonconformity amidst the sea of typicality at Mica High School. Students are practically the same and follow this unwritten convention on what comprises “normal”. But Stargirl is a free-spirited individual who doesn’t care about rules. She has a unique personality and childlike innocence that she didn’t even care when people are being rude to her when she was only showing them kindness.
The book was really an easy read which celebrates individuality. In order to be deemed as “cool”, we teenagers often try to fit in and blend with others. But really, why fit in when you could stand out? We always have our own differences, and it’s just a matter of embracing our individual eccentricities in order to discover our true selves.
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 218 pages
ISBN13: 9780060540746 | Published 2002 by HarperCollins
Read from August 24 to September 03, 2013
My rating: ★★★☆☆
This was my third book by Jerry Spenelli, the first ones were Stargirl and Love Stargirl. I had immediately liked the writer in the first two books; his writing style was simple, yet astonishly magical. Jerry Spenelli writes for children and juveniles, actually–his target audience are those in middle grade–yet teenagers, young adults, and adults could totally enjoy reading his books.
So Loser is basically about Donald Zinkoff, which is an exceptional and special kid. Since he was young, Zinkoff has already been showing signs that he is unique. He is unlike any other kid. He enjoys going to school, with the kind of excitement to compel him to go early to school. He enjoys learning and discovering things. He likes involving himself in wide array of activities. Zinkoff is like a ball of energy, and there is no way that he could be stopped in his conquest to explore the world.
Starters by Lissa Price
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
ISBN13: 9780307978103 | Published 2012 by Delacorte Press Read from February 7 to 11, 2013
owned, given to me
My rating: ★★★★★
I have seen Starters in the front shelves of National Bookstore early last year, freshly published. Immediately, I fell in love with the cover art. It was so entrancing! I wanted to buy it, but it was worth more than 500 pesos, and I don’t usually buy books in that price bracket. So when our company Christmas Party drew near, I wrote Starters in my wishlist. And imagine my delight when the one who got my name—dressed as Bane of Batman in our masquerade-themed Christmas party—handed me a book. A book! And it was Starters by Lissa Price, along with its lovely cover art—the whitish picture of a girl with intriguing expression, her other eye colored blue in contrast with the immaculate whiteness.
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0307278735 (ISBN13: 9780307388889)
Read from September 17 to September 19, 2013
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★☆
A couple of months ago, my friend was selling two of her books for a very reasonable price. The books were After Dark by Haruki Murakami and Looking for Alaska by John Green. Since the books were priced a lot cheaper than the original price, and they were written by two respectable authors, I bought the books and my friend shipped them straight from Davao. They had been sitting on my bookshelf for some time, and it was only recently that I felt I am ready to read another Murakami book.
The whole happenings in the novelette have taken place in only a span of a night. Mari was staying at Denny’s as she reads a thick book, when a guy named Takahashi approached her. He plays trombone for a band, and he remembers Mari as Eri’s younger sister, and who also happens to be his date in a swimming party two summers ago.
In the course of that night, Mari met Kaoru, a retired female wrestler, who now works as a manager of love ho (shortened for love hotel, which is actually the Japanese equivalent of a “motel” here in the Philippines); a Chinese prostitute who was beaten and stripped by her customer in that love ho; and some of the staff of the love ho, Korogi and Komugi. Apart from them, there were also other people mentioned in the book: Shirakawa, a sadistic computer expert; and Eri, Mari’s older sister who happens to be asleep for two months! Though there are some characters that didn’t really interact directly with each other, each of them seemed related and entwined with each other.