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Emily K, Glossopdale Community College

The Smell of Other People's Houses

"The Smell Of Other People's Houses" is a book that challenged my emotions and gave many opinions based on certain scenarios. The book is set in Alaska and is narrated by four very dissimilar people. The four protagonists are Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank.

This book requires much concentration as there are four different characters filling you in with their life issues. It's different to any book I've read before and there is plenty going on. The book title only relates to the story line once or twice. Ruth uses the phrase ' The Smell Of Other People's Houses' when she notices someones house smelling like cedar trees. Other than that, the phrase is only required when she is aware of the smell of something.

The thing I enjoyed most about the book was that all their stories came together towards the end. All the characters knew each other in some ways and were influenced as lessons were learnt from many stories told. My favourite character would have to be Ruth. This is because of the incident she goes through. Living a temporary life with nuns, finding a boy drifting away to sea and also being pregnant isn't as easy at it sounds and somehow she manages to get through it. I think that the moral to her story would be, leaving the things you love behind may just fix the problem.

I recommend this book to all ages and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 08:53 pm

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