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Emma, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars At Oktober Bend was a truly breath-taking story; how powerfully emotive, original and hooking it was is absolutely stunning!
I loved how the author, Glenda Millard, wrote the novel in a highly original way, by narrating as two different characters and - when narrating as Alice - wrote as Alice would really have done herself. (In all lower-case letters and hardly any punctuation.) This was a part that I thoroughly enjoyed as it is not a technique commonly used - I certainly have never seen it used before.
The poems were a wonderful feature that added even more originality and enhanced how moving the story was.
The story is a tale of how Alice and Manny find love despite all of the misfortunes they have to go through. They both have tragic pasts that are still affecting them in the book; Alice has brain damage, a result of an awful attack, Manny is scarred on the inside because of the dreadful things he has had to experience. These kind of things are so easily shadowed when book-writing, in pursuit of happier tales, but the author seems to like bringing new angles and aspects to the table - I like that.

I recommend this book to anybody aged 12 and above (due to mature content), if they are seeking a novel that hooks them and they cannot stop reading it, no matter how hard they try!

Every single word was as hooking as the next and I did not want it to end, yet I could not wait to find out what was going to happen next. The novel captured my imagination from the beginning. Glenda Millard is an outstanding author.

This book is my favourite out of all of the books in the Carnegie Shortlist of 2017; The Stars At Oktober Bend definitely has my vote!

I rate this novel 9/10.

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 07:52 am

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