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Eric, The Hewett Academy Norwich

The Smell of Other People's Houses

TSOPH is a different, complex and detailed book, exploring alternate viewpoints along the varying plot.

Occurring around the 1960s, the time Alaska joined the USA as the 49th State, the book focuses on multiple people and their lives, and how their paths and stories intersect. The world is at a time in which when girls are rejected from society if they have a baby pre-marriage, and the author has managed to replicate and remind you of that culture every chapter.

Managing to implement key moments of history with people's views and actions isn't easy, but it has been integrated very well in TSOPH. There is also a lot of detail, which can be a good or bad thing. At some points it feels that less is more, but in others the extra description is very welcome.

Structure wise, different viewpoints are arranged into different chapters, with their names at the beginning to know who's talking. Sometimes it gets confusing, which makes the book hard to understand without reading back and checking what has happened with them previously.

Overall TSOPH describes each character's plot in rich detail, creating an intricate and significant world where it is distinctly natural to picture the landscape and people. Multiple views from different characters create different semi-stories within the book, connecting individual characters to the reader.

I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading long books with complicated storylines and rich detail.

6.5/10

Posted on: 11th April 2017 at 09:01 pm

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