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Phoebe, King Alfreds Academy

The Smell of Other People's Houses

There were four first-person narrators in this book, which I really liked because you can see how each character thinks and how different four lives can really be. First, there’s Ruth. She lives with her grandmother and younger sister as she fights against fate while struggling to obey her grandmother’s strict rules. Then there’s Dora, who is living with a friend so she can avoid her own parents. Alyce is trying her best to keep her problems hidden so that everyone gets along, which actually, turns out not to be the best solution, after all. And lastly, there’s Hank, who is running away from the spreading darkness with his two brothers. All these lives, no matter how different, intertwine and they all end up changing for the better. I liked that the author really showed us what the Alaskan 1970’s would really have been like and gives us an insight of what the seasons were like as it moves on through the story. I felt for the characters at different times through the plot and I think they were described well and really felt real. Even though this book isn’t my favourite out of the Carnegie Books, I really liked it and, though the plot felt a bit rushed, thought it was extremely well written and I enjoyed reading it.

Posted on: 7th June 2017 at 09:00 am

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