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Salma, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The Smell of Other People's Houses

This book was extremely addictive to read, with its four different perspectives intertwined in a way that is only truly revealed at the end. A coming-of-age story, ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ is set in 1970s Alaska in a tight-knit community where the four protagonists- Dora, Alyce, Hank and Ruth- are growing up. The characters are very realistic and believable, and reading their thoughts was fascinating as well as watching them develop throughout the story. The way the book was split into four parts with the seasons was also interesting as it reminded me of the time scale. The themes explored were sophisticated, but were covered extremely well. I would definitely recommend as an extremely thought-provoking read to anyone over thirteen, as some of the concepts are quite difficult to understand at first.

Posted on: 12th April 2017 at 11:40 am

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