Author: C. G. Drews
Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary, Fairy Tale Retelling
Publication Date: 4th April 2019
My Rating: 4/5 stars
“Can two broken boys find their perfect home?
Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.
But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.”
Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending me a review copy of this lovely book. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.
HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES!
This is C. G. Drews’ aka Paper Fury’s second novel, and it was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Her pinterest board The Boy Who Steals Houses is super aesthetic and cute and I absolutely adore it!
“No, please. It’s – you’re allowed to hurt. It’s not a contest.”
THINGS I LIKED:
- The characters are all so well-developed, flawed and realistic. And I loved most of them. Sam is a complicated character who just wants to look out for his older, autistic brother as well as finding a place where they can call home. I loved him as a character, but sometimes I would get annoyed at him, but I think that’s okay, because he’s human too and makes mistakes.
- The sibling relationship between Sam and Avery was heartwarming -> they were trying to look out for each other and their different personalities often clashed, leading to many arguments. But they always came back to each other, and that’s the sort of brotherly relationship that will last a lifetime.
- The De Laineys family were my absolute favourite people in this book. There family is wild and crazy and filled with fun and joy (and lots of stress too). Honestly, every scene with the De Laineys family was my favourite
- C. G. Drews knows how to incorporate humour so well into the story. I was laughing and smiling whilst reading this book (yes it’s also sad, but I tabbed a lot more funny scenes)
- There is autistic rep in this story, as Avery is autistic, but I can’t say for certain if the representation is good, so you’ll have to ask an own-voices reader for that.
“Just stab someone with a fork if you can’t get what you need.”
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- This book didn’t evoke many emotions in me, mostly because I felt disconnected from the characters and couldn’t relate to them. But who knows, maybe you’ll feel more emotions than I did (I know there are a couple of readers who were heartbroken from the ending).
- There’s not actually a lot of things that I disliked about The Boy Who Steals Houses. I actually can’t think of any more criticism to give haha. Though it’s a little predictable. Like, I sort of guessed Sam’s big secret and how the ending might happen and such, but it’s contemporary. Contemporary books are generally predictable for me, so I guess I wasn’t too bothered by it.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot, and would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy contemporaries that are filled with laughs, fun and loveable characters and beautifully developed relationships. If I’m honest, I think I prefer C. G. Drews debut novel, A Thousand Perfect Notes more than this one, but that’s personal preference.
Will you read The Boy Who Steals Houses? Did you preorder it, or will you be buying it soon? I am surprised myself that this review is actually going up on it’s release day haha.