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Stephanie, QGS Carnegie Critics

The Smell of Other People's Houses

It is very hard to describe this book in words, as when I finished it, so many emotions surged through me: sadness, happiness, laughter and safety. The feelings you experience are very unique to this book, which not only makes it a phenomenal book but also a book that changes lives and moves hearts. There is something very intriguing about this book, how it drags you closer and closer, deeper and deeper into the lives of four teenagers living in wintry Alastair and how their very different lives suddenly become so entangled and entwined with each other. I think that what makes this such a moving and memorable book is the morals it portrays to the reader, leaving them with something to hold onto and keep within their minds forever. Firstly, the way the author created the story, with four young teenagers finding themselves part of each others' lives and it really demonstrates how we are all so connected and bonded together within our society and all people and no matter who we are, a mother or a stranger, we are all part of each other's lives and all the secrets and stories that keep us together are special and unforgettable. Secondly, Hitchcock successfully portrays in her story that everyone deserves a chance at life and that someone out there cares about you and you should never feel abandoned and lost. The way the teenagers risked their lives for each other to give each other comfort is precious and this book teaches people to care for others, no matter who they are. This is why I have loved this book so deeply and truly believe that it is one of the most moving and meaningful books I will ever read.

Posted on: 2nd June 2017 at 09:44 pm

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