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Sammy, St Augustines Catholic College

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The book is about two characters who both come from difficult backgrounds and meet in the same town. Alice Nightingale, the main character, was attacked when she was younger and suffered from brain damage causing her to be unable to properly speak, even though she can think fine. The book starts of slowly and was a little confusing, however as it develops you learn new things which keep it interesting and engaging. Alice writes poetry which she leaves around and some is found by a boy from a war torn background, he tracks down Alice and they get into a relationship. She is supposedly stuck at being twelve but the boy helps her learn how to be 15, her real age. The writing style is a little off-putting at first but as you get used to it, it gives her ‘voice’ personality and carries across a sense of how she feels having ‘faulty electrics’. Over all the book was slightly difficult to get into, a strange but effective narrative style and a slow but engaging story. I would give it a 7/10 and recommend it to people looking for less action focused books.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 07:14 pm

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