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Jack H., Chobham Academy Book Group

The Smell of Other People's Houses

I found the 'Smell of Other People's House's very boring and thought that it dragged out the same problem the whole time and it just meant that people were constantly having to have a good part of their lives ruined.
The problems are supposed to make a story interesting but I felt like these problems just let it down

The story focuses around the characters Ruth, Alyce, Dora and Hank. They are all important in their own way and each add their own part to the story. I personally found the book was not exactly to my taste but I do think that others would enjoy what I didn't, for example it has a lot of problems some people can face these days and some people might like finding out how other people dealt with their problems.

The book itself has a decent plot. The story does begin to drag itself out around half way through the book. However I found the start quite interesting.

I have to say though I struggle to like the style of book because as you finish one chapter you want to hear more but a new character's story begins and by the time you get back to the character you want to read about you have already forgotten what happened before. I did think that they may of overdone it with the amount of characters as well, as in each character's chapter their were about 12 separate characters for their story so around half way through the book and onwards you had no idea who was who or whether they were supposed to be in that part of the story.

To conclude I found the story reasonably good. However it is a bit confusing and all random. I would say it's for around ages 11+ and I would give it 2/5 stars.

Posted on: 7th June 2017 at 11:13 am

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