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May, St Helen and St Katharine

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell Of Other People's Houses
By May Alder

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was an overall good book, but with a few parts that were a bit off the point and made the book drag on a little. The story follows the lives of 4 teenagers, Ruth, an orphaned 16-year-old girl dealing with an accidental pregnancy, Dora, a girl of the same age as Ruth whose mother is an alcoholic and her father is in prison, forcing her to live with her friend Dumpling and her family, Alyce, Ruth's friend's cousin who has to fish with her father when she really wants to be with her mother auditioning for dance college , and Hank, a teenager running from home with his 2 younger brothers, one of whom is romantically involved with Alyce. These characters stayed as they were made out for most of the book, but one scene with Dora strayed a little from the meek character she was made out to be. There wasn't much of a plot to the book, but it still held together well. It is a book that just follows someone's life, rather than a great adventure.
I would rate this book 3/5 stars. If it didn't have the parts that made it drag on a little, I would have rated it higher. If you prefer books full of action, I wouldn't recommend this book to you.
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Posted on: 21st March 2017 at 09:14 am

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