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The Smell of Other People's Houses

I'm writing a review on the book 'The Smell of other People's houses'. When I read the title, I found it very odd because it's not a 'normal' book title. I then thought it would be about what the title said but it has nothing to do with it. The last chapter got me emotional and has a good meaning behind it which I liked.

This book is set in 1980 in Alaska and is about 4 teenagers, Ruth, Alyce, Dora and Hank. They are having problems like ordinary teenagers but there is something special about each individual. Ruth has a secret that she is trying to hide. Dora is wondering if she can ever leave the town even if she gets the opportunity. Alyce is attempting to bring back her desire for dance with her life having been spent on her family's boat. Hank and his brother are trying to escape from home because it isn't safe there.
Furthermore, what I liked about this book is that they all have deep feelings and we get to know their emotions which are very unique because nowadays teenagers tend to worry more about stupid things but in the book they are actually worried about serious things, more about life. What I didn't like is how you need to read almost the entire book to get to an action point or a point where something exciting happens. To conclude, this is my review.

Posted on: 24th May 2017 at 09:23 pm

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