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The Smell of Other People's Houses

The smell of other people's houses, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's debut novel, is an extremely interesting book. The book starts of with a dramatic and vivid description of Ruth, a sixteen year old protagonist who is remembering how her father would hunt deer and hang them so that she and her sister could put their lips to it and 'kiss its smooth, pink flesh.'
This nearly disturbing start keeps the reader hooked and ready to go deeper into understanding the life that the protagonists are living. But Ruth is not alone, the character is joined by three other protagonists - Dora, Alice and Hank who, like Ruth, all live in Alaska but are all searching for different things in their lives and are all ready to sacrifice everything in order to get it. Over the corse of the book, the four characters meet and their lives intertwine for the better or for the worse.
As a whole I really enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to other young adults.

Posted on: 21st April 2017 at 06:17 pm

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