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Sathana, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This is such a mesmerising book and I read it for hours without realising I did... Alice has gone through so much like her family members leaving her unpredictably when she was no younger than a teenager. She struggles with reading and talking sometimes because of her brain problems despite having read the dictionary however she's got the remains of her family to encourage her, meaning her Grandma and Joey. But even when she can't embrace them enough, she can embrace her beautiful and lyrical poetry which is also one of the key reasons as to why she lives. She does meet a boy. Manny. A boy with a chaotic life just like hers but with a few and severe differences so they fall in love. But little by little, Alice realizes she's broken. Broken in terms of family. Broken in terms of forgiveness. Broken in sense of being real. Should she really have spoken about her life history to Manny? Love is breakable but they say love is strong... Is it really true that the only thing that keeps her family together is that small hint of love? That love made up of sourness, bitterness, spiciness and yet sweetness...? Read the book to find out... In my opinion Glenda Millard did a great job at driving a truck full of suspense over to my head. This book can't be improved in any way... Imagine they did a movie out of this book! I thought the Grandma would be a predictable character when it comes to decision making but that's not always the case with anyone is it?

Posted on: 5th May 2017 at 06:34 pm

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