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The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People's houses was a strange book, but not actually as bad as I was expecting. Not to say this book was great, but well worth a read due to it's over-complicated plot. If you do read it, think of it as a test to see if you can keep track of everything.

The characters were fleshed out very well, so well in fact, that I actually warmed to them, except for Ruth as I found her irritating.

The book is split into being told from 4 people's perspectives, an interesting concept already done by Rick Riordan. This would would be good, but I cared so little about characters to begin with that I got confused about who did what. If you do read this, do it chapter at a time, as this will help you not forget who is pregnant (spoilers) and who is fishing.

The book does bring some important issues as main themes in the book, such as teen pregnancy and alcoholism, as well as abusive guardians such as Ruth's Gran who I hate, as she is evil and worthless. Overall, the book is alright, but not anything fabulous. As I said, read it as an experiment to see if you can keep track of everything.

Posted on: 16th May 2017 at 08:06 pm

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