It is rare to find a book that makes you celebrate, mourn, and reflect all at once. The typical "teenage life is hard" story is twisted and transformed into "stardust." The heart of the story goes outside the realm of "be who you are" - Spinelli asks the reader a simpler question - "Who are you?" This book offers so a deeper understanding of how we function, and how young adults survive. The novel points out that sameness is needed to remain unscathed, but now, we are faced with "What is the same?" There is no judgment of normal and eccentric, yet the text delves inside of both worlds - of a teen longing to belong, and of a girl who transcend the need to travel in the pack.This book is, in short, 198 pages of critical thinking, something that today's youth literature rarely demands.If you are looking for a bittersweet book about growing up and finding out who you are, I HIGHLY recommend this book!