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The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews Book Review



C.G Drews is easily becoming one of my favourite #LoveOzYA writers she’s young, fresh and her dialogue is one of the best things ever written and some of the best I’ve ever seen in my years as a young adult reader and reviewer. Her characters are to die for and honestly by the end of this book I felt so soft for them and wanted to give them all a huge bear hug and pat their heads saying “It’s okay, It’s okay.” Ugh! I loved this more than A Thousand Perfect Notes By a lot!

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.

I have to say Drews does a really good job portraying Avery and his autism he was a believable character and honestly I felt such a care for Sam it wasn’t even funny. Sam just wanted a home and when he was discovered by a girl called Moxie De Lainey she and her family take him under their wings and make him feel loved despite him running away from his past.

I read this book for book club and I’ll keep this review short but I’d definitely recommend it to people it gives you all the feels and makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. I’m not a contemporary reader but this I enjoyed.



inky Centre for Youth Literature

Sounds brilliant sylvs. It's now on my TBR pile!

15th May, 19

Definitely! I thoroughly recommend it! <3

15th May, 19

Ahhhh I've wanted to read this for so long! It sounds like it was really good :)

17th May, 19

Yessss!! I think this book is better than A Thousand Perfect Notes (2019 Inky Longlisted title) she has definitely improved in characterisation in this one

17th May, 19