Happy Tuesday, guys!!
Welcome back to the blog tour for The Smell of Other People's House!
So I'm going to confess: when I first heard about The Smell of Other People's Houses, I really wasn't sure if I wanted to read the book - largely based on the title alone.
However, proving that you should in fact, not judge a book by its cover, I took a chance on the book and immediately fell in love.
Read on for more + our giveaway!
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Wendy Lamb Books
Full of memorable characters, unforgettable dialogue and a starkly beautiful setting, this is a book that will absolutely stay with readers long after they have finished reading.
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. This unforgettable book is about people who try to save each other—and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed.
So when I was given the chance to read The Smell of Other People's Houses, I immediately said YES. Debut author Bonnie Sue-Hitchcock introduces us to four different teens living in 1970s Alaska: Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank. We're pulled into their fabric of their lives, and Hitchcock seamlessly interweaves four stories into one large, intriguing tapestry.
Hitchcock is careful to share the struggles of this not-often discussed period, including poverty, negligence and fractured families. Though readers will likely be initially inclined to feel sympathy for Hitchcock's diverse cast of characters, it's the moments of teenaged optimism that helps drive the story forward, and keeps readers interested.
Alaska may feel like the end of the world at points, but readers will come away realizing that this is only the beginning for Hitchcock's characters, and signaling the start of a new up-and-coming voice in YA fiction.
(I was definitely one of them - I immediately went back and reread some of the passages.)
Highly recommend for readers who enjoy contemporary and historical fiction. This is the one for you, and Hitchcock is definitely a writer to watch.
Check out the rest of the tour!
2/17: Reading With Cupcakes
2/18: Jessabella Reads
2/19: Across the Words
2/20: The Hiding Spot
2/21: The Pretty Good Gatsby
2/22: Once Upon a Twilight
2/23: The Reading Nook Reviews
2/24: The Social Potato
2/25: The Cover Contessa
2/26: The Irish Banana
2/27: Waste Paper Prose
2/28: Page Turners Blog
2/29: Collected Works
3/1: Live to Read
3/2: Supernatural Snark
About the author:
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock was born and raised in Alaska. She worked many years fishing commercially with her family and as a reporter for Alaska Public Radio stations around the state. She was also the host and producer of “Independent Native News,” a daily newscast produced in Fairbanks, focusing on Alaska Natives, American Indians, and Canada’s First Nations. Her writing is inspired by her family’s four generations in Alaska.