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Maddy, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I found the book rather hard to get into and I found the plot difficult to understand, the reader had too many questions at once. Whilst this can be good because you want to keep reading, I felt that it got to the point where I seemed to have more questions than answers. The plot idea was refreshing and an interesting point of view, from the victim who functioned in her head normally, but was unable to express this to others. Alice's poems also added more depth to the book. Admittedly some of the questions we had for most of the book, Alice did not know the answers to, which forged a bond with the character. This story is beautiful, with the idea of the two characters and following their journey to understanding, forgiveness and recovery is humbling and magnificent. The story is written from two perspectives: Alice's and Manny's. Alice's chapters show you what it is like for her, and though they made the story a bit confusing and hard to get into they told a story. Manny's chapters are written in normal English, which like Manny himself doesn't seem to tell the full story. I found the book confusing in places and hard to get into. However I think this was overpowered by the delight of the plot.

Posted on: 21st May 2017 at 06:14 pm

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