Describe The Hoodhood home in The Wednesday Wars. Why does Holling call it the "Perfect House?"

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The Hoodhood home is "like every other house on the block, except neater." Holling's father is very concerned about appearances, and has the dwelling painted "perfectly white every other year." The cement squares leading up to the house are also "perfectly white," and devoid of a single crack, while the walkway leading to the front door is "bordered by perfectly matching azalea bushes, all the same height, alternating between pink and white blossoms." The house is adorned with fake aluminum shutters, and an aluminum screen door. The key word here is fake - although Holling's father takes great care to make the house look perfect, it is all a facade, hiding the fact that the people in the house live in isolation from each other beneath Mr. Hoodhood's controlling hand.

Inside the "Perfect House," as Holling calls it, there is a "Perfect Living Room, where no one ever (sits) because all the seat cushions (are) covered in stiff, clear plastic." The carpet looks as if it has never been walked on, and the grand piano has never been played. The whole effect of the house is artificial and uninviting. There is no love there; everything is arranged to impress others of the "perfect life of an architect from Hoodhood and Associates." The "Perfect House" represents the values of Holling's father, values which are shallow, materialistic, and ultimately unfulfillingĀ (Chapter 1 - "September").

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