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The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is written in a particular style that didn't really click with me personally, but I can see what it was doing. It had different cursive and writing styles for the two perspectives it was written from and although it didn't do it for me, it did provide the effect of following the characters train of thoughts. I'll admit, when I first started reading it, the lack of capital letters was painful and tough to read, and almost put me off it. After a while I got used to it, but I still didn't really like it.

It did have a fairly dark story behind it, but it expressed that correctly without brushing over it but not making it the only focus of the story, more rather focusing on how the events have shaped the characters and how the change how the characters react in certain situations.

However, a problem that I do have with the book is the fact that at first glance of the cover, it seems quite innocent and light hearted, when in fact it's got very morbid, dark and possible triggering undertones. A younger student may pick it up, mistaking it for a perfectly innocent book without knowing that fact.

Although it wasn't my cup of tea and didn't do it for me, it was a decent book, but I haven't read enough of the others to say for sure whether or not it should be the winner, but I'd say probably not.

Posted on: 17th May 2017 at 01:53 pm

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