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The Smell of Other People's Houses

I found this book too coincidental. The book is written from the perspective of 17year olds yet, for me, is received as more of a 13/14-year-old book.
Some aspects of the book were extremely clever as Hitchcock highlighted history that is not often highlighted... I knew nothing of the 'fish camps' nor State creation of Alaska but was intrigued.
However, the storyline of these characters I found basic and so a bit annoying. It seemed too simple as Hank (what a name!?!) and Ruth falls in love and Dora wins the Ice competition.
The story had such lovely aspects like the Salvation Army George, the dancing man and the brothers, yet these factors were seriously missed by Hitchcock...
I think she could have further focused on independent scenes and made the book much less stereotypical and much cleverer!
It's hard because the book is both new and good, but too basic but to be a winner.
Worth a read to learn about Alaskan culture and history, but the storyline is too basic and the 'intertwines' expected.

Posted on: 18th May 2017 at 09:08 pm

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