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The Stars at Oktober Bend

I enjoyed reading this book because it has a unique twist with all the words in lower case as we see everything through Alice’s eyes, with small sections of the book in Manny’s voice to give it a personal touch.The lower case writing draws us immediately into Alice’s way of seeing things, although it might not be correct grammar, it expresses Alice’s voice authentically which I find an excellent technique.
You may think that this book is just about stars and poems, the last section is so gripping you will not be able to put it down. This is a beautiful book for the young adult – it will encourage you to look at poetry, the evocative language will expand your vocabulary.
Because of her brain injury Alice really struggles to say words out loud but when she writes it's completely unmatched in its beauty and elegance. This book is nestled within many key topics which are usually stigmatised such as: flawed families, victim blaming, and grief in all its forms. I find that Glenda Millard stands out in literature as she is willing to share with us topics which are rarely discussed openly in the media and just amongst people in general.
I loved the fact that Alice's injury wasn't ignored or shunned but she wasn't a 'damaged' character either. Overall a really good book.

Posted on: 26th April 2017 at 02:20 pm

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