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Liv, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Smell of Other People's Houses

Even though the Alaskan terminology was a bit tricky to get my head around at first, I really enjoyed this book.
The four different narrators each had very unique voices that reflected their personalities extremely well, managing to make the constant change in perspective easy to keep up with. The small hints you gain about each character through the eyes of another, were perfectly placed, giving you a realistic view of each main character, as well as all the (seemingly) insignificant ones.
The only slight criticism I have, is the book's ending. The book's goal is give the reader a realistic view of how real lives work in the real world,(achieved by the well thought out back stories of each character),yet, to my mind the ending was too fairy-tale like and perfect to be believable.
However, in my opinion, I don't think this actually took anything away from the book as a whole; it just left me feeling content, with no loose ends to tie up myself.

Sadly, I don't think The Smell of Other People's House will win, but I still think it is a brilliant book that is worthy of its recognition.

Posted on: 14th May 2017 at 01:43 pm

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