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Liv, Sir Harry Smith Community College

The Stars at Oktober Bend

in this day and age, it is very easy for authors to craft what they think is an 'award winning story' based on the trends of the time. i can clearly remember a phase where 90% of all teen fiction novels featured a cancer patient-with that in mind, i found that 'The Stars at Oktober bend' was a beautifully original story, that was refreshing in comparison.

alice nightingale is a 16 year old girl, with the thoughts of someone wiser than her years, but limited to struggling with saying those thoughts aloud. She calls this her 'twelveness' , stuck at being twelve forever because of the terrible incident that happened under the stars at oktober bend. manny finds alice, scattering her poems around the town that she is outcast from.

the plot dealt with issues of social acceptance and being 'different', alice's problems with her 'electrics' are something that i haven't seen in teen fiction before. millard uses poetry as an insight into alice's broken mind, proving that first impressions can be awfully deceiving and the opinions of others can be awfully unforgiving.

this novel is my clear winner, simply because i really thought it was beautiful, im at a loss for words when having to justify that statement. in honour of this work of literature, i have written this review in lower case letters, in the same flawless way that alice recounts her story.

Posted on: 19th June 2017 at 12:14 pm

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