Monday, April 8, 2019

The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

5 Stars

I was going to be real funny and say something along the lines of “why didn’t anyone ever tell me I should read this book,” but then I remembered the last time I did that about a book Shelby had told me about ages before I ever got around to reading it . . . .

You know the old saying: “Shoe me once, shame on you. Shoe me twice, I got your shoes.”

I’m pretty sure I got the ARC of this book 3 ½ years ago. Now if that doesn’t show a commitment to the procrastinator lifestyle, I don’t know what does. I also don’t know why I put it off. I think I thought it was going to be very child abusey or something (‘cause once again, homegirl don’t read blurbs) and disturbing (not like that usually stops me, but somehow in my brain this was going to go all after school special and I was going to hate it). Per usual, my brain was a liar because I never should have avoided this. Set in 1970s Alaska (can I just take a minute to say 2019 is obviously the year of Alaska for Kelly and Mitchell as this is our THIRD book set there), The Smell of Other People’s Houses tells the interconnected stories of three young women – Ruth, Dora and Alyce – as well as one young man. This is the type of book John Green only wishes he could write (and I’m saying that as kind of a Green fangirl). It’s like Green had a baby with The Secret Life of Bees and it is wonderful. Truly YA that grown-ups can appreciate – complete with all the feels. 5 Stars.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you, NetGalley!

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