Emily B, Chobham Academy Book Group
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard's novel; The Stars at Oktober Bend is written in a style I have personally never read before. Its creative wording is unique from other books and shows the personality of the characters very well.
The first character we meet is Alice; a fifteen year old girl with a brain injury from assault. She has trouble speaking and getting people to understand her which is shown in the novel as her broken words are slightly more challenging to read and understand. Instead of speaking the writes her thoughts in poems and she places them around her town. These poems catch the attention of Manny who is the second voice in the novel. He is a boy soldier who runs from his past and falls in love with this anonymous writer. I prefer Manny's parts of the book as because English is his second language and he sometimes repeats himself to get the message through to the reader which makes him easier to understand. I also like him because he had a tough life and it is interesting to read what he has been through.
In my opinion, this book has a well thought plot but can be quite difficult to understand at parts. Finally, I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for something different from what they usually read or something challenging.
Posted on: 26th April 2017 at 11:25 am
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