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Gabriel, French International School Hong Kong

The Smell of Other People's Houses

The smell of other people's houses, ooh... This was painful to read. Where to start? This book was filled with obvious allusions of good characters and bad characters. The 4 main characters, Alyce, Ruth, Hank and Dora were made to be so artificially pitiable that it seemed to dominate the entire book. I felt like I was reading the script for a B-grade soap opera that got rejected so it got turned into a book. Throughout the book, torn between pitying the characters or hating because of their seemingly never ending self pitying.

The lack of variation of language added to my boredom when I was reading this. Combine this simple language with the book's slow, muddy pace and you have a very bad read. In fact, the only redeeming feature of this book was that I could skip over half of it. How? Because half of this awful book were half-baked metaphors that had absolutely no relevance to the story.

All in all, I would not recommend this to anyone. I am sad that the Carnegie Medal has chosen this book. I would rate this book -2/10

Posted on: 11th May 2017 at 04:05 am

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