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Carina, John Mason School - Abingdon

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Whilst reading The Stars at Oktober Bend, I initially found the non capitalised i every sentence extremely annoying. I also found the broken fragments of sentences a bit frustrating as they often felt unfinished and I wanted to know more. I carried on reading in curiosity hoping that everything would eventually fall into place and become clear, as I still hadn’t grasped what was going on,what had happened to Grace to make her the way she was and who or what bear was.

As the story progresses however the mysteries unravelled and I started to feel more connected to Alice’s and Manny’s stories. I thought the way it was written was beautiful, once I got accustomed to the slightly irregular grammar and random poems scattered throughout Alice’s chapters.The themes of love and the different ways we show or feel it,friendship,family and forgiveness were very touching and the way Alice leads a difficult life but still stays strong and sticks together with her family, is very inspiring. Overall I did warm to this book and by the end I was sad that I had finished it! However the ending was really heartwarming and gave you a spark of hope so I wasn’t too devastated.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 05:52 pm

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