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The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is all about Alice, a girl who has speech problems due to her health issues. The story is written without capital letters and in short sentences. It's also filled with Alice's poems.

The book includes the aforementioned brain-damaged girl Alice and Manny, a young survivor of war, amongst its cast of characters. Along with horrible people who set out to destroy this pair's lives, making them feel small and depressed. The bullies are described perfectly, and you can't but help feeling revulsed at their actions. The Stars at Oktober Bend reveals Alice's past as well as Manny's horrific experiences.

IMHO, the book does not have the strongest of plots and the ending is implausible at best. Alice does not do the most obvious thing and actually does something which is very hard to believe, especially with her mental issues.

The Stars at Oktober Bend was a depressing and emotional read. It's incredibly well written in places, but it's like taking an elevator ride to the gates of hell. It wasn't the best book for me, as passages lacked detail and it got confusing at some points. You really didn't understand what was going on. For people that are into sad books though, this should be the first book they should pick up.

Posted on: 16th May 2017 at 09:22 am

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