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Alice , Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is a book which gives you an insight into Alice’s head and Manny’s head (later on.) It tells the story of Alice’s family and all their hardships and struggles, particularly Alice’s because she has been beaten up; she finds it difficult to talk.
The Stars at Oktober bend is quite a touching book because it is littered with emotions. The feelings in this book help to connect with the readers, so you actually feel like you are in the book or watching it happen. I liked the way it was told mainly from Alice’s point of view because this also made me feel like I was in the story. I thought the different perspectives was a great idea. It is sometimes a little hard to understand, because the grammar isn’t very good and it is also a bit confusing but I managed to work out what was going on. At first, the bad grammar annoyed me but then as I got used to it, I just ignored it. The start of the book wasn’t great and made me think that many people might have given up at the start. About half way through, the book got quite good but I thought the ending was quite messy because everything happens all at once. I never managed to work out what Oktober Bend was – I thought it could have been a road or something because the book never tells you. The book leaves a lot of things out so you have to work them out for yourself.
Although “The Stars at Oktober Bend” isn’t really my type of book, I would rate it 3.5/5 because I know that lots of people would enjoy it if they read it. I’m not sure I would give this book the medal because I have enjoyed some of the other Carnegie books more.

Posted on: 5th May 2017 at 08:43 am

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