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Charlie Gregory-Campbell, Kings College Carnegians

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is a duel narrative story between a young girl named Alice Nightingale and a boy named Manny James. Both characters have a mysterious backstory, with subtle hints to lead to the end. The story features a numerous amount of mini stories that all lead up to the final chapter, however I felt as if the ending was rushed. Stories that didn't have enough development were given a simple resolution that I believe were added at the last minute. There was one character that I felt like they were not given a lot of development, so I never grew an attachment to them, which is sad because I rather enjoyed this book. The Stars at Oktober Bend is a creative story and I really liked the two main characters. Manny's story was a rather sad and miserable tale, and Alice's character grows throughout the story. Two other characters also made this book enjoyable and provide a nice side character to our two protagonists. Overall, I loved The Stars at Oktober Bend, it's hopeful, beautiful and I loved the poem pieces. However, I still do believe the ending was rushed to try to finish the ending to the other sub-plots and there was way too much stuff happening, so I had to read the ending again to understand what had happened. Fantastic book though...

Posted on: 11th May 2017 at 02:31 pm

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