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Remy, TallisCarnegie2014

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The smell of other peoples houses was a pleasure to read, similarly to salt in the sea, the smell of other peoples houses follows four main protagonists, i absolutely loved observing as each characters story intertwined with another such as Hank and Ruth meeting in the forest and Alyce saving Hanks brother Sam from drowning. As the story progresses you see as their troubles are shown and eventually solved such as Alice not wanting to leave her dad for an impending dance rehearsal which could change her future, but because he overheard the conversation he merely wants the best for her and lets her go. This book set a wonderful scenery, the sea was so impeccably described, you could just imagine fishing on that lake and taking in the scenery, Canada and Alaska are truly beautiful places and this book does them justice. The book does also tackle some very controversial topics such as domestic abuse from Dora's drunkard father and Ruths teen pregnancy. Although the book is serious in some ways i also loved the continuous and funny tone of the story, all the way through are some funny moments and it made the book extremely interesting and entertaining. Another interesting feature is the fact that it is set in the past, you can obviously tell how worried Hank and Jack were when Sam went missing which would not have been so much of a problem nowadays due to advanced technology. Bonnie Sue Hitchcock made a book which was fantastic all the way through with lovely themes of traded, luck,love and more. This is definitely a carnegie worthy book.

Posted on: 18th June 2017 at 12:08 am

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