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Mrs Bennington, Prince Henry's High School

The Smell of Other People's Houses

This is about 4 teenagers in Alaska of the 1970s. Ruth is having a baby and is unsupported by her Grandmother she believes, and meets Hank who is running away from his mother's boyfriend, with his brothers Sam and Jack. Sam disappears from the ferry, and his path crosses with Alyce who would rather be at a dance audition than on the boat, the Squid. Dora wins some money on the Ice Classic and needs to keep away from her drunken father, and is staying with Dumpling's family.
It takes some time to see the connections between the 4 characters and their friends and families, but it was an enjoyable read. I would give it 9/10 as I enjoyed piecing it together and the ending ties up the loose ends.

Posted on: 15th May 2017 at 11:17 am

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