The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews (Review)

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G.Drews

The Boy Who Steals HousesFormat: Paperback

Source: Library Book

Publisher: Orchard Books

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: 4th April 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I’d waited so long to read this book, it took forever for my hold to come in at the library, but I finally read it and I have to say I was quite disappointed by the time I finished it.

Again, the premises of this book sounded so good, and the start was promising bit as I read on I felt something was missing. I can’t put my finger on it, but to me everything felt all over the place and everything just felt messy and incomplete. I know a lot of people have loved this one but I think I may have set my expectations way too high for this one.

Normally I don’t have a problem with reading books written in third-person, but I just couldn’t really get into the flow of this one.

I didn’t really like or connect with the main character Sam. But I really liked the side character Avery who is Sam’s brother. He was so sweet.

Although the story as a whole didn’t work for me, I did find the Autism representation to be spot on. Drew has managed to show how the main character’s brother Avery has Autism but rather than just making him a stereotypical autistic person, she manages to make his character an individual and really shows people with Autism are a little different in their own special ways, but they can still do things like any normal people.

Overall an ok-ish book. Not one I would add to my personal collection but nevertheless glad I finally managed to read it.  I’m splitting my rating right down the middle.

My Rating


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  1. I’m glad it’ not just me that has a bit of difficulty getting in to the third person narration in Drews’ writing. I had a similar experience with A thousand perfect notes. Great review Mani!

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