Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Let's hear it for the unique...

I don't know why but lately I've LOVED characters that are absolutely original and unique. Girls that march to their own drum and are completely true to themselves. The girls that should be celebrated more often but get pushed aside for being a bit quirky! So I picked two books where I think the quirky girl rains supreme and I LOVE it! 

First-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

"Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in that way that girls who talk to moons are. In the house next door, there lived a boy. And the boy watched the girl grow more and more perfect, more and more beautiful with each passing year. He watched her watch the moon. And he began to wonder if the moon would help him unravel the mystery of the beautiful girl. So the boy looked into the sky. But he couldn't concentrate on the moon. He was too distracted by the stars. One day, the boy had to move away. He couldn't bring the girl with him, so he brought the stars. When he'd look out his window at night, he would start with one. One star. And the boy would make a wish on it, and the wish would be her name. At the sound of her name, a second star would appear. And then he'd wish her name again, and the stars would double into four. And four became eight, and eight became sixteen, and so on, in the greatest mathematical equation the universe had ever seen. And by the time an hour had passed, the sky would be filled with so many stars that it would wake the neighbors. People wondered who'd turned on the floodlights. The boy did. By thinking about the girl."

I loved this book! I loved the main character! She's got spunk! She talks to the moon and wears wigs and Chucks and sequins! She has two dads and her cats name is Heavens to Betsy! I also loved Cricket. He was the cutest guy on the planet! I'd date him! One thought I had is Stephanie Perkins is an expert at building the right kind and amount of tension in her books. I felt like I do when watching the Kiera Knightley Pride and Prejudice and they fight in the rain and they almost kiss! And you scream at the TV because you just want him to grab her but he doesn't! That is this book to a tee!

"The moon is fat, but half of her is missing. A ruler-straight line divides her dark side from her light. Autumn is coming. For as long as I can remember, I've talked to the moon. Asked her for guidance. There's something deeply spiritual about her pale glow, her cratered surface, her waxing and waning. She wears a new dress every evening, yet she's always herself. And she's always there."

Second- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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. Can I please be Stargirl?! 

"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 corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew."

Two girls that are themselves. Go read! So what do you say...today...

1 comment:

  1. I liked both of these books. It was great to have a different kind of heroine.