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Mia, Sutton Girls

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This book was quite a hard book to get into, it kept on swapping characters between Alice Nightingale to Manny James and I found it very difficult to read. Honestly, I didn't enjoy it. It is written without capitals and all whimsical and poetic, I found it excruciatingly hard to follow.

Alice is 15 and she suffers from a severe case of brain damage, after a horrific accident. Her mind is broken. Her words on the page are broken. All things inside her are broken. She expresses herself, mostly through written words and especially poems.

Manny is sixteen and he used to be a soldier back in his country, Sierra Leone. He tries to escape his memories by running at night.

When they meet, they find the tender beginnings of love and healing.

I love the way how they weren't stereotypical characters, in a lot of usual love stories. But despite of disability, and despite of the terrifying past; they manage to find something that connects them. Alice has found someone who she can share her 'voice' with and Manny has found someone to protect and trust.

The sibling relationship has been shown beautifully, with Joey showing Alice love and humility, where the rest of the world does not. He's such a kind and caring brother, who truly shows what unconditional love is all about.

Overall, I would rate this book for anyone 12+ (Year 7) as it can be confusing at times.

Posted on: 12th May 2017 at 05:14 pm

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