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Hannah, Gordano School

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Creative and clever, Glenda Millard has written a unique tale of loss, pain and beauty. She has taken the classic story of a young person unable to find someone else for consolation or love, but put an original twist on it. Alice Nightingale, the intriguing and individual main character, represents an insecurity of many teenage girls and their rush to mature, while maintaining a diverse personality. There are heart-wrenching and sensitive relationships between the characters and the development of them was mostly excellent.
However that statement, in my opinion, excludes the relationship between Alice and Manny James. Manny's backstory was certainly different and interesting, but it seems almost unclear how the pair came together - Manny's reasons for seeking out Alice appeared unrelated to love at times and it is not made apparent what draws them to each other.
Also, Alice's writing and thoughts are frankly bewildering to follow. Admittedly, this was undoubtedly an intentional technique that had an effect that allowed he reader to delve deeper into the story. This being said, though, I think it also complicated my understanding of the story.
Furthermore, towards the end, the structure seems loose and not linked well to the rest of the plotline.
The constant repetition of the grammatical errors (despite them being deliberate), were frustrating and tedious to read and tainted my enjoyment of the book.
In a nutshell, although it was an exciting concept, it unfortunately failed to grasp my attention.

Posted on: 19th June 2017 at 10:32 am

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