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Angela, Chobham Champions

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I feel I'm being a little harsh on this book. The story is beautiful and bittersweet, the characters will make you fall in love with them and the setting is perfect so why the but? Simply put I found it physically so difficult to read. Alice, one of the narrators, has brain damage, sustained in an horrific attack and this is portrayed in the way her chapters are written. No capital letters, random punctuation and frequent poetry. The poetry is fine I'm a massive fan of books that use this device (Sarah Crossan can do no wrong in my world) but the rest of it just made reading Alice's words a struggle. It was a real shame as the story was so captivating but at times I was struggling to comprehend what I was reading. Brilliant story but difficult to read in more ways than one.

Posted on: 5th May 2017 at 02:24 pm

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