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Emmanuel , CoLA Chatterbooks

The Stars at Oktober Bend

From what I can gather on this book, I would rate this book a 4/5 for its great use of narrating the story from a different character’s point of view. To me, this is a unique feature every book should have as it displays different character’s perspective of the same event and it’s a way of comparing their feeling about certain mishaps.
The book is about Alice, a girl who has trouble with speech due to brain damage. However, from the way her poetry skills are displayed, it’s unbelievable that she’s smart and intelligent. The way her voice is depicted, with no capital letters, short sentences and in forms of poetry is an amazing way of demonstrating how writing sentences down is like for Alice. Throughout the story, Alice finds it difficult to express herself through words but it has been confirmed that it’s much easier for her to express her inner feelings on paper than to verbally construct a sentence through poems.
The story is then interchanged with Manny’s perspective, who discovers her poetry and doesn’t judge her by her disability. Manny, to me, is affectionate and endearing. It was strange the way they both developed and instant-love towards each other but who can blame them, they need each other to rely on. The diversity in the book was exceptionally well done, and I liked how they weren’t stereotypical characters.
Overall, the story deserves a 4/5 because the interchange in the story gave me an opportunity to observe and understand the reason behind their actions and the characters. Additionally, the way the characters were there to support one another inspired me to be there for my friends when they need me- not that I'm not always there.

Posted on: 15th May 2017 at 08:38 pm

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