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Emily, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This book is very different and it is also thought-provoking. The story is told from two viewpoints - Alice Nightingale, who is a girl who finds it difficult to speak her thoughts and has suffered a bad head injury; and Manny James, a boy who runs to try to forget about the horrible things he saw in his hometown far away. When Alice is narrating, she doesn't use capital letters. The sentences are very short and often don't have brilliant grammar. I found this weird to begin with but soon got into it. Alice also uses poetry to express herself so this is in the book as well. I like this as it is interesting and different.

The book tells the story of Alice and Manny and also Joey, Alice's brother. This book is essentially a love story but it has a dramatic ending. It is also about being different and whether being different really matters. For me, it reminded me that it doesn't really matter how you appear on the outside as it's what is on the inside that is important.

I would give this book 8 and a half/10 because it was a very enjoyable read and also it was different. However, it was harder to get into than other books I've read because of the stilted language.

Posted on: 6th April 2017 at 11:16 am

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