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Emily K, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This is a very enjoyable yet emotional book. The storyline is based on a young girl named Alice Nightingale who suffers from a head injury and is so curiously confused by what the world around her thinks. Manny, on the other hand, is a child soldier and has lost his family. When Manny finds Alice on a rusty, old rooftop he instantly falls head over heels for her, but just wait until he hears her soulful poems.

I really seemed to enjoy this book as it had a great back story. I think, because of the injury Alice is suffering from, the book suddenly became more interesting for me, because it puts you in the character's shoes. It was a struggle for me to get into as I wasn't used to the writing structure the author used. Although, once I got into it I enjoyed it so much and couldn't seem to put it down!

As Alice has a brain injury, every time the book is from her perspective capital letters aren't used and many lines are written in prose, which can become very confusing at times. Manny is well put together and is living in his own little world. He tends to repeat certain memories or thoughts that may come into his head at any moment in time. In my opinion, I think that's why I enjoyed the book, because of the two perspectives - it gave a chance to see what the opposite character was thinking when an interesting scene occured. The emotional ending was definitely a big surprise, which wasn't expected. I loved this book and I would really recommend it for someone wanting to read a different, 'out of their comfort zone' book.

Posted on: 30th March 2017 at 06:48 pm

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