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Carenza, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is about Alice Nightingale, a girl with words inside her that she can't get out. Alice suffered a head injury a few years ago and this means that she knows the words she wants to say, but can't say them aloud without her speech becoming slurred and unintelligible. The story follows her as she meets Manny. Manny discovers one of Alice's poems one day and makes it his job to meet the author. Throughout the book various new things are shared with us about both Manny and Alice.

The main theme throughout this book is how to communicate what you are thinking or feeling. Alice can't use 'say words' so she uses writing and poetry to communicate how she feels. There are also many things about the Nightingale family that are not communicated to the outside world and this makes Alice and her brother, Joey, afraid to bring new people to their house. It talks a little about love and the different ways we love different people. It also talks about how many problems there are related to loving someone and how very easy it is to make people jealous, even when you don't mean to.

I thought that all of the characters were definitely interesting but I'm not sure if I really liked them that much or if I had a favourite character.

All in all, it was a good book that I liked. The fact that there were no capital letters in Alice's point of view made it hard to get into at first, but then you found yourself really enjoying the way the text flows. I would probably say that the Stars at Oktober Bend is a 13 plus book because I don't think younger readers would understand this book and think that they would probably find it distressing.

Posted on: 28th March 2017 at 05:24 pm

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