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Neharika, Kingsley Readers

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People's Houses is a heart-wrenching story that follows a group of teenagers that are all held back by the complications in their lives. The stories are all loosely connected, switching perspectives every chapter. Every character in this story had a well-established personality, no matter how small their role. In fact, I myself was pleasantly surprised at the focus the side characters had, believing that we would only focus on the main four.
A large part of my enjoyment of this book were the characters and how real they felt. All of them had flaws that became apparent when reading their thoughts, yet no matter how despicable their wishes or desires, you cannot help but cheer them on as they escape their troubles and pains.
If I had one complaint, it would be that the first few chapters were quite difficult to get through- although justifiably so. As soon as you flip to the first page, you are thrown into a large world full of dozens of characters you barely know that are somehow interlinked. It is because the characters are so unfamiliar that the chapters become confusing and hard to read.
Despite my complaints, The Smell of Other People's Houses was a very enjoyable read and is a book I recommend to anyone looking for well-developed characters and a charming, tear-jerking story.

Posted on: 7th May 2017 at 08:20 pm

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