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Renata, John Mason School - Abingdon

The Smell of Other People's Houses

I really enjoyed this book. I thought that the characters had distinctive personalities and clear thoughts and ideas. However, I thought that the blurb was unclear and incorrect about the characters; it said that Ruth wanted to be remembered but the book never mentioned that as one of her personality traits.
I found that the chapters being in different voices was very confusing and that the links between the characters were disparate and extremely unrealistic considering the entire book was set in a 'realistic' setting.
Ruth: I thought that out of all of the stories, Ruth's was my favourite. It had a clear direction and the storyline made sense as well as the ending fitting in with the storyline.
Dora: Dora was my least favourite character, so I think the author did very well portraying her. I think her story was very complex and didn't have much structure on its own and I think it would have worked better being joined together with someone else's story perhaps Dumpling would have worked better. I also do not think that her story went with the ending.
Alyce: I think that Alyce's story was also a good individual story but the link with Hank was weak as it was,again, disparate. But the whole idea of her dream to dance made a good story and it also had a clear direction. I didn't think the ending went well with the with the story and finished,again, unrealistically.
Hank: Hank's story was also one that I disliked as it was very disparate and didn't fit with the other stories in the book. However, the ending went quite well.
Overall, this book didn't fit together well, but it was a good read.

Posted on: 31st March 2017 at 11:18 am

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