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Emily W, Sir Harry Smith Community College

The Smell of Other People's Houses

'The Smell of Other People's Houses' had a brilliant plot but was very badly written. Above all, it was underplayed. The events that happened (Ruth's pregnancy for example) were not shocking, or exciting at all. All we were told of Ruth's pregnancy was that she ate a lot, wore bigger clothing, got judged by Dora, and got sent away. At first, the book is all about her backstory, then suddenly she's sent away with a small-ish bump,then next time we see her she is at like 9 months. Timing is a bit off there.
Also, why is Dora so judgmental? All she does is judge Ruth for her pregnancy. Judge Dumpling for talking to Ruth one time. Judge Bunny for being friends with Lily. She has no significance in the story. Especially in the ending. Where is she? I mean, it's been a while since I read it, but I remember thinking "Wait, where is she?"
The ending is too tied up.
In conclusion, if it was written better, it'd be brilliant.

Posted on: 8th June 2017 at 02:56 pm

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