Chapter 18 and Chapter 19 Summary
In the days that follow, Leo feels as if he is alone in the universe—alone except for Stargirl. He senses her presence everywhere. One day, though, he discovers they are literally alone. As they walk side by side through the halls at school, no one speaks to them, looks at them, nods at them, smiles at them, or notices them in any way. Amid the crowd around them, they remain literally untouched.
At lunch, Leo mentions his observation to Kevin—who stares intently at his sandwich. He is only teasing, but Leo asks Kevin what is going on with everyone. Kevin regrets having to tell his friend that he is not the one being shunned. As Leo looks around, he realizes that only Dori Dilson and another ninth grader are sitting at Stargirl’s once-full table. Kevin explains she is being given the silent treatment because of the “basketball stuff.”
Leo protests that only a few short weeks ago everyone was cheering for Stargirl at the oratorical contest, and only one person threw a tomato. But, says Kevin, “a thousand wanted to.” They all blame her for the ruin of their undefeated season. Leo protests that she is simply a cheerleader, and all the nice things she does for people should count for something—though obviously they do not. In the following days, Leo is intensely aware of their aloneness in a crowd and the smirks of Hillari Kimble, but Stargirl does not seem to notice.
Archie explains the Amish concept of shunning to Leo, who feels as if he does not exist within the walls of MAHS—at least not when he is with Stargirl. “Poor dolphin. Caught in a tuna net,” says Archie. While he ponders Barney’s Paleocene skull, Leo asks Archie what he should do.
Archie’s suggestion to stay away from her is not particularly helpful, and Leo asks him if he believes in...
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