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The Smell of Other People's Houses

This book is different to many books, in how it's written and what the storyline is about. In how people live quite an ordinary life, yet make it into a book. It has some emotional, some romantic, and even some disturbing moments in the story, but there wasn't much more to it.

The story, like 'Salt to the Sea', is about four young, middle-aged teenagers, how their lives meet and the story behind it. I think this was what the author wanted. However, this book is different to 'Salt to the Sea' because I didn't feel that there was much of a storyline, even at the end. There wasn't a plot that came to me, apart from just the characters lives, which weren't all that interesting, to be fair. Also, I didn't feel much connection with the characters, what exactly was it like to be in their situation. There's a lot of young love too, that made up a large part of the story, and I think one of the reasons 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' has been written is to show different realities of life. That life isn't just 'and they all lived happily ever after'. You know what I mean.

To conclude, this book could have been written better with more of a storyline, but it does relate to the lives of young adults. Also, I wouldn't vote for it to win, even if you disagree, as I know there are better books out there.

Posted on: 13th June 2017 at 04:45 pm

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