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


Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

On the surface, this is a book about four Alaskan teenagers growing up the 1970s. However, at its heart, this is a book about how we are all connected to one another and the ways we change or save each other without even realizing it. While the web of connections is sometimes hard to keep track of, each and every character is vibrant and three-dimensional, with distinct voices for our four narrators.

Hitchcock’s writing is quiet and gorgeous and has stayed with me for days after finishing. Hank, one of the teenagers, says that his brother “always sees the gossamer threads floating invisibly between people. They are so translucent, it’s no wonder most people don’t see them—or they bumble along and end up destroying them without ever knowing they existed.” I am extremely grateful for the gossamer thread that has connected me to this hopeful story.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC HITCHCOCK)

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