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Nayantara, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Coincidentally, 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' was one of the books that I'd been most excited to read, yet it ended up being the last I read in the Carnegie shortlist. The book had got me interested from the first page, having a sense of mystery introduced quickly, causing me to be hooked instantly.
Millard told this story from two perspectives (mainly from the female protagonist, Alice) and showed how different the two characters were from their writing style. Whilst Alice's writing style initially took some time getting used to (as it doesn't include punctuation), as the story progresses, her writing makes sense and adds to her complex character.
This brings me to another aspect of the book that I thoroughly enjoyed ; how Millard left subtle hints to the main mystery of the book throughout the story. This ensured that by the time the truth was revealed, the readers were able to have made their own educated guesses - hence adding to the hard hitting effect of the book. Whilst this isn't the main point of the story (to provide a small guessing game for the reader) it certainly adds to the plot & was done in such a beautiful way, that the story remained unpredictable.
Initially, I expected this story to simply be a cute love story - but it was so much more. Yes, there is a romance featured in the book, but I found that the main feature was the character development of Alice. It has a very powerful message, and whilst it doesn't shy away from the reality of certain issues - it delivers them in an appropriate way, which adds to the charm of the book. It definitely didn't disappoint :)

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 07:03 pm

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