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Madeleine, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Smell of Other People's Houses

This book is about four teenagers, whose paths unexpectedly cross. The characters are described very vividly, and their emotions are distinctly shown. I felt the book contained a few too many coincidences, but that was made up for by the fact that the story just worked with it. Some of the events that take place are quite unbelievable and everything seems to turn out alright. I found myself feeling like I was there in the book, feeling the characters’ feelings and doing what they are doing.

I finished this book in 2 days, finding it an easy read. This was because the book kept switching to the different people’s points of view, and if you are particularly engaged in one of the characters, you want to keep reading until you get back to that character. I also found it interesting how an event would be told from the point of view of one character, and then from another character’s. this meant you knew how both characters felt about the event.

My favourite character was Ruth because her story was probably the most emotional. She found it very hard to cope with her situation at first, but then developed to accept it. She also had to go through lots of hard times, like losing her parents.

I enjoyed this book and found it interesting and vivid. There were a lot of coincidences, but you almost didn’t notice them. I would give it an 8/10 because the author has taken some not so ordinary lives and told their stories really well.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 09:41 am

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