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The Stars at Oktober Bend

At the beginning of ‘The Stars at Oktober Bend’ the author compared the main character, Alice, to a bear as she references the stitches but all of this was to symbolise that Alice has brain damage and how she feels different and alone. The book continues to introduce us to the other characters: Bear, Gram and Joey. We also find out about ‘Papa’ who has been put in jail for a reason that is not yet revealed. The story is very confusing at the beginning as characters like Manny are talked about but not introduced until later. References to her being different and how people made fun of her and she had to be removed from school are also made before the reader knows what is wrong with her. The place ‘Oktober Bend’ is also mentioned a lot as it is the place where the family live. We find out that Alice’s mother lives elsewhere but the only thing she knows about her is that she plays the cello. Manny comes into the story as he goes running in the night and sees a figure on the roof that he later finds out is Alice. Alice also loves to write poems and stick them in public places. Manny finds one of these and believes it is written by Alice and really wants to meet her but Alice doesn’t know Manny. Nevertheless, they both believe that they are each other’s sole mates without meeting.
This is very heart warming as, despite Alice's problems, she has something positive to look for.

Posted on: 8th May 2017 at 08:10 pm

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