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Gladys, Malbank

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The smell of Other People's Houses is a book with an interesting story, there are 4 different tales within, telling you about their problems and how they all come together. I think that because the characters all have very individual problems, this makes the story more realistic, as everyone has their own problems.

The setting was very well done, with the different houses all being shown with a contrast, Ruth's house smelling of cleaning fluids and damp, and Ray's being clean and smelling of chlorine and cedar. The author also added things such as Alaska becoming a state, instead of a territory. In doing this the author give us a time in which the stories take place.

At first the stories were not linked in any way so the style was hard to read, as when you changed characters it was harder to remember what was going on in their story. However nearer to the end, the stories started to come together and link, making it easier to follow.

The ending was very clever, the way that nearly all the characters were together and everyone had found their solutions.

Overall I love this book and would definitely recommend it to someone else, I would give it 8 out of 10.

Posted on: 18th April 2017 at 09:37 am

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