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Gabrielle, Loreto College

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I found this book extremely hard to keep reading, as the start is quite dreadful. It is written from a girl called Alice's point of view.Later on you work out that she had brain damage from the age of 12, and I think the way her viewpoint illustrates that quite well, however, it is difficult to understand and is really irritating that it is written with no capital letters and broken sentences.
I dislike that a lot of her chapters and written in verse and scattered poetry lines, even though it is supposed to represent her speech problems.
many is a boy from Asia ( as far as I could gather) who fled from war in his country and found scraps of paper with Alice's poetry on them. Alice does not go to school, and lives with her brother Joe, her gran and her dog, Bear.
October Bend is a place, maybe a road or a bridge, something along those lines. Around 3/4 of the way the book gets really good, however, I think a lot of people would have given up by then due to the way the beginning is written. The ending is extremely confusing as everything is sort of thrown together at you and you have to figure out what it means. 3.5 out of 5.

Posted on: 4th May 2017 at 10:09 am

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