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The Smell of Other People's Houses
The Smell of Other People's Houses | Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
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Alaska, 1970: growing up here is like nowhere else. Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother.Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father.Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers. Four very different lives are about to become entangled. Because if we don't save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves?Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is both moving, and deeply authentic. These intertwining stories of love, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation on the edge of America's Last Frontier introduce a writer of rare and wonderful talent.
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Lalanicoler
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It was a short read. It was a good read.

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imabusybee
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Another great book. I love books set in Alaska 8/20 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #bfcr4 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn That‘s an interesting title. Do we want to smell other people‘s houses? 🤔 2mo
Addison_Reads I really enjoyed this one too. The different perspectives made it an interesting journey to the end. @wanderinglynn some people's houses I probably wouldn't want to smell. 😉 2mo
imabusybee @wanderinglynn 😂 I thought that too but some smells remind you of home. 2mo
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Maude
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Listened to the audio while taking a day trip to Whittier, #Alaska. I enjoyed the different narrators and how they all connected with each other. #LetsTravelAugust

Hooked_on_books Beautiful pic! 6mo
Maude Thank you, I've only been in Alaska a few weeks and I'm finding it so lovely that I want to take pictures everyday! 6mo
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CrowCAH
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#AyUpAugust #EveryKindaPeople

This book has a lot of different types of people in it.

Megabooks Great book! 6mo
tpixie Weird title! 6mo
CrowCAH @Megabooks I agree! 6mo
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CrowCAH @tpixie it is. But I know I have noted the different smells of people‘s houses. I guess you could call it a thing. 6mo
merelybookish I really liked this one! 6mo
CrowCAH @merelybookish I agree, the four POVs offered a unique peek into life in Alaska. 6mo
merelybookish @CrowCAH Yes, and there was something gentle about it 6mo
tpixie @CrowCAH lol yes! But to say it aloud! Lol 😂 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure why but I‘ve already stacked this one!!! Sounds good 6mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 😁 6mo
Cathythoughts Great title 6mo
CrowCAH @Cinfhen It‘s not my typical read, but I read this for a book club. 6mo
CrowCAH @squirrelbrain I think you‘ll enjoy it! 6mo
CrowCAH @Cathythoughts I agree, definitely thought catching. 6mo
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Kimbono
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Saturday morning reading soundtrack #readingsoundtrack

LiterRohde This is nothing like the description of the book, but the title reminds me of the one thing I hate about living in an apartment building. The smells mixing from all the apartments. Sauerkraut mixed with burnt cheese mixed with cat urine mixed with potpourri. 9mo
Kimbono @LiterRohde I remember that smell! My grandfather lived in a high rise apartment building in Philly with interior corridors. When we‘d visit him around dinner time...WHOA! 9mo
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Stephaniereads1
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Started these

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CrowCAH
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Halfway through this #audiobook and it‘s soo touching; love how all four main characters interact with each other, though, they at first were seemingly separate.

Eggs Loved this one 10mo
Cathythoughts Interesting title 10mo
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Amaryie
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With 2 days left of n the month, I am officially booked out.

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Addison_Reads
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"We don't have to be blood to be family."

I enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audio and really liked that with each new perspective, there was a different narrator.

Great YA book with a lot of heart. ? This is one of those I definitely recommend teachers of high school aged kids (or mature middle graders) have on their shelves.

This checks another off my journey through the states. #ReadingUSA2019 #Alaska @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Sounds like a good book! 11mo
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my.books.in.squares
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“It's still there - my own heart, cobbled together and a little worse for wear - but it's definitely not all beat out.”

A short but sweet story told from the point of view of four children living in Alaska - Ruth, Dora, Alyse and Hank. The author has done a great job bringing all of the characters together and the ending was wonderfully poignant. The detail in such a short story was beautiful.

Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy!📖📚💚 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying it here so far 📖💙 12mo
RadicalReader That really is a talent for an author to have a short story filled with such detail. Often times it feels lacking or the long books feel droning on and on 11mo
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my.books.in.squares
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#schoolrunreading #currentreads

Does anyone else do the school run early so they can get in some reading time?

readinginthedark For pick-up? Yes, I do this sometimes! 11mo
ElizabethBoa I'll be doing that this Monday picking my kids up on first day of school😁 5mo
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my.books.in.squares
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Tagged by @wanderinglynn 🙂

1. Scotland, UK 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
2. Alaska - The Smell of Other People's Houses 🇺🇲
3. Favourite author? Ummmm how do I pick 😂
4. Somewhere sunny! ☀️

#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🌎 12mo
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sahilbert
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A wonderful read. Reminiscent of The Lesser Blessed.

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Alexmac136
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Touching book about the lives of children living in hard Alaska, all different and beautifully written stories.

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abbielistenstobooks
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Short read, great story! When with the different narrators, I had trouble keeping the stories separate.

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abbielistenstobooks
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Let's try this one!

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Eggs
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valeriegeary
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Pressing on with my September goal of only reading books I own. This one I bought from the library bookstore a few months ago for a cool buck fifty because I loved the cover and it's set in Alaska. So far I'm loving it.

#readwhatyouown

LauraBeth I may try your September challenge in October 😀 1y
valeriegeary @LauraBeth I might extend it into October! 😄 1y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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I picked this one up on a whim from the library, but after finishing it, it seems more likely that this book picked me. Taking place in Alaska, this story is told from the perspectives of 4 characters whose lives intersect over the course of the plot. While sad and heavy at times, this is a quiet story of hope, family and courage. To me it felt like a cozy hug- just what I needed today 💜
5🌟

Eggs Loved this 2y
RebelReader Sounds like my kind of book and I love the title! Stacked! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @RebelReader I know- the title and cover are what immediately attracted my attention! The inside is just as good as the outside!!! 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Day 4: Independence
This is my kind of Independence Day.... watching the Macy‘s 4th of July Spectacular on television! Best seat in the house and no crowds- plus a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other!

Happy 4th, Littens and a big thank you to any military Littens for your service in protecting our wonderful country! 🇺🇸
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

Eggs Loved this book 💜 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Eggs oh good! I picked it up from the library on a whim but saw it got great reviews! 2y
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KristinaRay
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Mehso-so

This book had a lot of great elements, but it left me wanting in certain areas. I enjoyed the historical perspective, having very little knowledge of the politics in that area during that time.
#coverlove #ya

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
KristinaRay Thanks for the warm welcome. I‘m excited to discover the Litsy world! 2y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2y
KristinaRay Thanks for the links! @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
DivaDiane Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻🌸 2y
KristinaRay @Eggs @DivaDiane @RaimeyGallant Thanks for the warm welcomes! 2y
Jess7 This is on my TBR! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Your posts have been great!👍🏽 2y
KristinaRay @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you!🙂 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 2y
KristinaRay @DebinHawaii Thank you! I am! 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Whyyyyyyyyyy do I do this to myself?!?! There is so much stress associated with a big ol‘ library stack like this 😱📚

Lauram You can do it!!! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Lauram 💪🏼📚 2y
Bostonmomx2 Right? I‘ve still got 7 here and one to pick up. 3 are going back today so that relieves some stress. 2y
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Bianca I do this to myself constantly. I always have various library books laying around the house, not to mention what's on my kindle. I need to finish Truly Devious. 2y
ravenlee Well, you don't actually need to eat, sleep, do chores, bathe....right? 2y
2BR02B I finally have my library stack down to a relatively manageable number (six books.) In the past I've had 30-40 out at once, and the pressure is unbearable! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Bostonmomx2 lol I‘m constantly juggling all my checkouts too! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Bianca sigh- there will NEVER be enough time to read it all!!! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @ravenlee actually I only REALLY need to eat- and I can read while I do that 😂 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @2BR02B OMG 30-40!!?! I gasped out loud when I read that!!!! The thought alone increases my heart rate 😂 2y
BittersweetBooks Stress AND excitement 2y
Michollio I work at a library, so I often snag books other people are returning and end up with a big stack 📚😆 2y
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Dearlynoted
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From front to back! This is a wonderfully written novel. I normally don't read books like this one some would call it a feel good with a bit of drama but this novel was very relatable in many aspects. it wasn't rushed you were able to get to know each character. It gave me all the feels 🤗 makes you wonder if it's really a small world after all.

TheBookKeepers Perfect review! I enjoyed this read too!! 2y
Dearlynoted @TheBookKeepers the imagery made me want to visit Alaska even more. 2y
TheBookKeepers Me too! I don‘t like cold weather BUT I still wouldn‘t mind visiting Alaska at least once! 2y
Dearlynoted @TheBookKeepers I don't either lol 2y
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Rachiiebookdragon
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Beautiful book and intermixed storylines. I highly recommend! 5/5

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Dearlynoted
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I'm loving this book! It's amazing how the universe works. So many families living their lives not knowing they all have a purpose in each other's lives ❤️. Normally I don't read books of this nature but this one may change my tune for genre picks....

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GirlNamedJesse
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Beautifully interwoven stories take the reader all over Alaska and back home again. 🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠

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Bookish_B
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I loved this book. I felt like the author only scratched the surface on these characters and their stories but it was still really moving and lovely. A quick read!

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GypsyKat
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And finally (last book haul picture today, I promise!) five hardcover books!!! This was actually my first time ordering from BookOutlet and it definitely won‘t be my last! ❤️ #BookHaul #BookOutlet

TheBookKeepers Ooh I've read two of those 😍 2y
GypsyKat @TheBookKeepers In that case your choice of emoji is very encouraging. 😊 2y
Leftcoastzen Nice! 2y
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ephemeralwaltz Omg it‘s been so long since I‘ve bought a hardcover! Bliss 2y
GypsyKat @ephemeralwaltz Have you ever bought from Book Outlet? These were all so cheap! 2y
GypsyKat @Leftcoastzen It was the most fun I‘ve had opening a package in a long time! 📦 2y
Leftcoastzen Yay!I have been trying not to look at Book Outlet! 2y
GypsyKat @Leftcoastzen Do it! I have no regrets! 2y
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justanothermusing
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I enjoyed this story far more than I thought I would. Four different stories from different teens going through truly ruff times in Alaska and Canada in the 70s. A great story about the way things use to be and how much different things where handled. Quick read with very good narrator's although I would suggest the book instead if you have trouble with different pov because almost mixed up the girls a time or two.

Eggs Loved this 2y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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TheTallented
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Doing a Ready Player One reading challenge with my bookclub in anticipation of the movie coming out later this month. There are three categories in each gate complete with prizes and a golden egg for the first one to finish. So excited!!! Just finished reading The Smell of Other People‘s Houses and it was so heartwarming.

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chlolovesbooks
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5/5

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hes7
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Happy Wednesday! #HumpDayPost

1. I have no pics of my roommate's dog, so here are a couple cute baby polar bears. #LetsMakeTricksySmile
2. iPhone.
3. No nuts, for sure.
4. I just started listening to The Smell of Other People's Houses, and it's about four teenagers growing up in Alaska—so far, so good.
5. Bowling. 🎳

TricksyTails Aww so adorable!! Thank you! 🤗 2y
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Chessa
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Purple was weirdly hard for my unpacked books? Day 4 #riotgrams #purplebooks

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hes7
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I'm so looking forward to every book in this stack. #FebruaryTBR #Shelfie #ReadingResolutions #Riotgrams

BookishMe Will stay tuned to know how you find ;)) 2y
tarabu42 I LOVED 'The Smell of Other Peoples Houses' and am delighted to see it getting some love! I feel it is both a good book and an important one, two things that don't often come together outside of high literary fiction. 2y
Jess7 Yay! I hope you will be joining our #litsybuddyread of The Women in the Castle !! Also Little Fires Everywhere is excellent 2y
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I listened to this on #Libby while working. I feel like I probably would have liked it more if it were something I'd read in physical form. As it was, it jumped back and forth between POV and got kind of hard to keep track of. When I was able to keep up with who was who, I enjoyed it. It followed the lives of four teens and how they become inextricably entwined in one anothers' lives during the 60s and 70s. 3.5🌟

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CouronneDhiver
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Bailedbailed

I gave it a try because the cover was so pretty (🤦🏽‍♀️), but it‘s a #bail

... there‘s just something about a contemporary YA “voice” that doesn‘t connect with me. Too naive? I don‘t know.

Eggs Loved this book 💕 2y
Meeko93 This is on my tbr and I can't wait to read it! 2y
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❤️❤️💔

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Coco
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I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the full cast of narrators. I typically don't enjoy books with so many different perspectives and ones that lack a central climax, but this book surprised me! It takes place in 1970s Alaska, and tells the stories of local youth and their lives. Overall I found it to be a refreshing read. #historicalfiction #prettycovers #winterreads #audiobook

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Saknicole
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#river #alaska #ya #bobalaska #battleofthebooks #teachersoflitsy Finally checking off a battle book! I need to catch up with the kids!

Bookartbookmarks Looks like peace! 2y
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I wasn't expecting to make this my first book of the year, but once I started the audio book at work I couldn't turn it off. It was fascinating to see the way all of the characters developed, and how the stories of these teenagers in Alaska in the 1970s became interwoven. The audio book was brilliantly performed, and the book was a huge pick for me. What a great way to start of the new year. 💙

Jen_Reads I‘m very drawn to that cover 😻 2y
GondorGirl @Jen_Reads That's why I originally picked up the book. The cover is lovely and really fits the book. 2y
GondorGirl Ooo! And this works for 'S' in my #LitsyAtoZ challenge! 2y
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Coco
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Just started this audiobook today! First off, I love the cover!! 😍 I‘m pretty excited to hear an audio with a full cast too! This story is set in Alaska which is a new culture I haven‘t dived into yet! #prettycovers #audiobook #fiction #booklover

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3.5/5
While I enjoyed this book I think four point of views was too much, especially since I was only invested in one character and the chapters from the other characters were just boring.

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kite81
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What an interesting read. 1960s Alaska was still dealing with what it meant to gain statehood, and this novel gives a look into the lives of some families that got tangled in that strife for various reasons. Historical fiction, still recent enough for the teens to be relatable, and a powerful reminder of the power of change.

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eloreads
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Quick break from studying for finals #college #collegelife #finals #currentlyreading

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Rissa1
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I LOVED THIS BOOK!! The title was enough to intrigue me, and the story drew me in.

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Rissa1
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"It turns out the world has many bottoms. "

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Rissa1
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The Library Called.

Megabooks Smell is great and Die is on my TBR! 2y
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Eggs
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Beautiful 😌😘😍😢the delicate connections that evolve among these wonderful characters. Sigh

Megabooks So glad you liked it! Such a wonderful book. 💜💜 2y
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This four protagonist, interlocking narratives novel is fantastic. It‘s exactly the kind of YA I like. It‘s set in 1969 Alaska, which adds another interesting layer. The story reveals a lot about family life, and the interactions between family and friends. It‘s not all romance like so much YA these days. 4.5⭐️ Definitely recommend!

Reviewsbylola Sounds good, although you lost me a little bit at YA. 😂😂 2y
MeganAnn This sounds delightful! And the title cracks me up 😂 2y
jbhops The title of this book is great! 2y
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Lol figures! 😂😂 2y
Megabooks @MeganAnn It is delightful! I must admit I picked it for the title. 😊 2y
Megabooks @jbhops the author said it came from a writing prompt at a workshop. Interesting! 2y
Eggs Must have... 2y
Megabooks @Eggs 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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My favorite kind of book- one that breaks your heart but also fills you with hope. For a relatively short YA I took my time reading it.

eraderneely Read on my little Readathoner!!! 2y
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