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The Stars at Oktober Bend

I really enjoyed The Stars at Oktober Bend and I found the almost poetic style in which Glenda Millard wrote very unique and fitting for Alice's character. The book is written with little punctuation due to Alice's brain injury, which was slightly challenging to understand at first, however as the story developed became a clever way for the reader to understand Alice's mind.

I thought Alice's character on the whole was very well developed and unlike any character I have ever met before. All her thoughts and feelings seemed realistic for her character and Glenda made you want to connect through these thoughts and feelings. At the start of the book I was a little unsure but ultimately I found myself rooting for Alice throughout the book.

I liked Manny's character too but I felt that there could have been more chapters written from his point of view as it balanced out Alice's more metaphoric, poetic outlook with a more realistic view. I thought the way they both had broken pasts was slightly cliche but also kind of enjoyable in the sense that they were moving on and making new lives for themselves.

The book took a while to get going and I thought the last
quarter of it was the most exciting. I can understand that a large portion of the book was Alice just living her life because Glenda wanted to demonstrate what it is like living with a brain injury but I still think a few more plot turns and twists would have made an ultimately perfect book.

The ending moved very quickly and it did feel slightly rushed, I think I would have really liked it if it was slowed down a bit in order to include more of Alice's emotions. It was a very tense last few chapters and as all good endings should keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. One of my favourite parts of the book was the heartfelt letters Alice wrote to Gram in her last few days. I think they were a nice illustration of Alice's emotions and grief and helped the reader really connect with Alice. Though it was sad in some areas, the ending ultimately hopeful and gave the promise of a new chapter to Alice and Joey, and it definitely felt like the right ending.

The Stars at Oktober Bend is a brilliant, unique and beautifully written book that is truly unforgettable. Glenda has succeeded in creating realistic, interesting characters and ending the book with a glimpse of the future in a satisfying ending. I would totally recommend it to any one who wants to read something a bit different.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 05:16 pm

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