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Mar, British School of Gran Canaria

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is about a girl called Alice who had an accident that caused a head injury which affects the way in which she expresses herself. It's also about a boy named Manny, a victim of war. The book tells the story of Alice's beautiful life despite her various problems.

The book is wildly original and I liked how it was structured; the way the poems disrupted the flow and the jarring omission of capital letters. It made me feel as if I was entering Alice's mind and actually becoming her, albeit for a matter of seconds. But at other times, Alice felt so far away as I couldn't fully understand her narrative.

Overall, I was left impressed by the author's non-conventional style. I also believe I would enjoy it more if I read it a second time as this would aid comprehension. The Stars at Oktober Bend is very hard to recommend as it is a book that you can really enjoy or, on the other hand, hate.

Posted on: 19th May 2017 at 01:08 pm

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