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Isabel, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Smell of Other People's Houses

I expected to love this book, to find everything about it brilliant... I was left very disappointed. I do not hate many books, but I could feel my blood rising at the anger and pure disapproval I felt. The reason I expected to love this book was because it had a very similar layout to my favourite book "Salt to the Sea"; there were four characters, four different stories, four different backgrounds and their paths all cross. It all sounds very familiar to the brilliant book by Ruta Sepetys.

However, right from the beginning, I could tell that I was going to have to force myself to pick up the book and read it's un-captivating words. I honestly could not connect with any of the characters, which I know sounds bad, but i just didn't feel the emotions that the characters felt. It had such a slow pace and it was taking FOREVER to get to the point, so eventually I put it to the back of my mind and it wasn't something that I wanted to continue reading.

The thing that aggravates me the most though was the ending. It was SO UNREALISTIC, how anyone could find it an acceptable ending I have no idea. They were all coupled up at it was just not good in any way, shape or form. So many details were just brushed over, like Ruth's pregnancy, that just added salt to the wound and made it worse. If those details had more description it could have been passable and not appalling. In my opinion this book does not deserve to win, I can not describe in words the pure hatred I feel for this story and the characters.

One thing positive was the fact that I liked how she set it out with the different points of view, but it no where near compares to the brilliance of "Salt to the Sea" or make up for its dreadful plot. Overall I will be extremely annoyed and frustrated if this book wins as it does NOT deserve to.

Posted on: 19th June 2017 at 12:14 pm

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