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Claudia Woods-Cano, Cokethorpe School

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Glenda Millard's "The Stars at Oktober Bend" was a fantastic read that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Told from the point of view of Alice, a girl with a dark past suffering brain damage, and Manny, a boy who has had things happen to him that he shouldn't have gone through, this heart-felt book was confusing at times due to the two protagonists but was also a stunning read.
One of the things that made it so interesting was the lack of grammar and punctuation when told from Alice's point of view. I believe this made the character more alive, as if they were really there writing to you. Some of Alice's chapters had broken sentences, as if it was one of Alice's poems.

The side stories to this wonderful plot can be a bit deep, as you realise what made Alice the way she is, what happened that night under the stars at oktober bend and what happened to Manny's family.

Although some of the language can be inappropriate and the concepts are deep, it was a great read I would definitely recommend to others. However, I think this book should be maybe for year 8 and above (at least 12+) due to these side stories.

The book told of love in the most surprising places, and of how together, Alice and Manny CAN fly. It tells of how anybody can do anything, and that just because you can't speak properly doesn't mean you're not smart.
It's tragic story thickens, as you learn of ties between characters and why some acted in ways they did.
Every part of the story, every detail seemed to link up, like Alice's wanting to fly, perhaps an interpretation of her wanting to be free, to be like everyone else. But near the end, she decides she is herself, and isn't any different after the accident.
A truly inspiring book that tells haunting tales of troubled characters. I really enjoyed it.

Posted on: 3rd April 2017 at 04:53 pm

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