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by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl Theme of Friendship

In Stargirl, we see a beautiful example of a real friendship between Dori and Stargirl. Many people jump on the Stargirl bandwagon on her rise to popularity, but these people are the first to jump off on her descent. Even the friendship between Leo and Kevin, which is pretty good, pales in comparison to the friendship between Dori and Stargirl. So, what makes Dori such an awesome friend? Well, probably several things, but one is that she is 100% loyal. This girl always has her friend's back. Even when the music group that Stargirl attempts to make becomes a joke to the rest of the school, Dori is playing the ukulele by her side. Dori is her friend's cheerleader, even when that means she cheers alone. What do you think is the most important quality in a friend?

Questions About Friendship

  1. What examples of friendships do we see in this novel? Which ones are the strongest? The weakest?
  2. Are Leo and Stargirl friends?
  3. What does "friendship" mean to Stargirl? What does it mean to Leo? Do their definitions match or clash?
  4. What makes Dori a wonderful friend? What makes Kevin less than a wonderful friend?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Stargirl's relationships with others illustrate the fact that it is far better to have one true friend than to have hundreds of cronies.

In Stargirl friendship is about loyalty and love far more than it is about having things in common.

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