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Salma, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I found this book really interesting- it raised my awareness of disabilities, specifically brain damage, with its unique writing style from Alice's point of view. Most of the chapters are lists or free verse poetry and it is all written in lower case. This makes Alice's character more three-dimensional as the reader can see inside her head and empathize with her.

Both Alice and Manny are in the same age group as the intended age for the reader, which leads you to think, "This could be me."
Even though Alice is fifteen, the incident which gave her brain damage happened when she was twelve, which is why she constantly refers to "twelveness" and being "twelve forever."

Manny, the other titular character, serves an important purpose to the reader as what he went through as a child is shocking and horrifying for the reader, so opens the reader's eyes and makes them want to make a change somehow.

Overall, this book was both a pleasure and a pain to read because of the horrible things that happen to both Alice and Manny, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone thirteen and over because of the mature ideas that are tackled throughout.

Posted on: 27th March 2017 at 01:22 pm

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