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Mrs Conlon, Palmers Green High School

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This book did take a little getting into and it definitely benefited from attempting to read for longer periods of time so that it didn't become too disjointed. Once I got used to who the characters were and the unusual style of narrator's voice, I began to appreciate the lyricism of the writing. We begin to learn of the terrible thing that happened to Alice when she was 12 by piecing together what she herself is trying to remember. As the relationship between Alice and Manny develops we start to see how they can both come to terms with their past - through their love for each other, a future seems possible. The writing and poems were beautiful and eventually began to work well with the plot line - I did feel this took a bit of time to get going. The story was told from both Alice and Manny's view but there wasn't too much alternating which helped the flow of the story and also allowed the reader to get a good picture of the other characters - which isn't always the case with style of narration. The ending was exciting and poignant and I really enjoyed this book.

Posted on: 1st May 2017 at 08:24 pm

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