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The Smell of Other People's Houses

Young-adult fiction is, as we know, filled with teenagers moored in broken families, struggling to break free from their chrysalises and reach butterfly heights. The Smell of Other People's Houses alternates narratives of four teenagers: Ruth who lives with her strict grandmother and younger sister; Dora who is bedding down at a friend's house to avoid her own parents; Alyce struggling to escape the confines of the town; and Hank, running away from the darkness with his two younger brothers. The layers of their four lives intertwine and weave together like grass straws in a basket, with cleverly dropped clues of their connections from the outset. The book is heart-wrenching and poignant in parts, as the teens deal with the hardships of living an impoverished life in a tough environment. All the characters display grit and fortitude in the face of much grief. I rate this Book 3 out of 5

Posted on: 21st May 2017 at 04:40 pm

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