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Shakira, Swanshurst School

The Smell of Other People's Houses

It is your life, but not only your story counts. I rate how well books are by how they make me feel and what they teach me; that is what The Smell of Other People's Houses taught me. If I were to make a critical response, I would note how it was cliched how the book rushed to the end; all boys thrown into relationships with all girls. Although what really seemed unapologetically beautiful were the bizarre descriptions of children being able to kiss warm deer hearts and ballerinas gutting fish bellies! However, the connections between Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank can be appreciated as it seems meticulously thought out; each short story intertwined into a magnificent new book. I loved how scenes were not replayed in new eyes, but the story moved at a normal single-narrative pace and there was a notable difference in each character and how they portrayed their speaking and thinking style. It really is a clever and worthy book of Carnegie!

Posted on: 7th June 2017 at 07:17 pm

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