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Keerthi, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend was a beautiful yet confusing book. It is the story of two separate people, both enduring separate problems, and are yet drawn to each other.

First, it's Alice, who is unable to express her opinions through speech due to brain damage. But, man, can she write! Despite, her lack of correct grammar and capital letters, she writes amazing poems, which she leaves in random places around the town she lives in.

Which brings us on to Manny. A former child soldier from Sierra Leone, who is haunted by his past. He is drawn to Alice by her beautiful poems as they mysteriously seem to relate to him.

As the story unfolds, they begin to realize that, even though they have completely different problems, there is common ground in between. Something that allows them to overcome even the largest hurdles. And that is (forgive me if this sounds cheesy) friendship.

BTW 'Oktober' is not a month spelled wrong. I thought that at the start as well. It's the name of a bridge. You'll see it's significance after you read the book.

I found this book quite interesting as I have never come across anything like it. It wouldn't be my first choice in books, and I don't think I will read it again but i believe it is safe to say that The Stars at Oktober Bend has left a scar.

Posted on: 25th May 2017 at 07:21 pm

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