The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
Published: February 23, 2016
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Format: via audiobook
In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger. Four very different lives are about to become entangled.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses circles around the lives of four teens who are trying to find their way in Alaska. As we read the story of four lives who are very different by the end we see how they all connect. I loved seeing these teens trying to find themselves and come of age during the 70’s. Some of their stories are truly heartbreaking and I felt myself really feeling for them. I also loved how each one felt alone and how they thought each one’s life was so different from the next but little did they know that deep down everyone has their troubles despite what it might look like from the outside. This was a really good novel one that I enjoyed and a story that is relatable.