The boy who steals houses | book review

Author: C.G Drews40170373

Genre: YA contemporary

Page count: 347

Publisher: Orchard Books

Goodreads synopsis: here 

Release date: 4th April 2019





I received an e-arc via Netgalley, thank you to the publisher!

“He’s officially taken house burglary to the next level. Forget stealing a bed, a key, a home for the night. He’s stealing families and their Sunday lunches.”

This book was incredible. The writing was simple, it was a light and easy read. The first 100 pages were a bit slow but after I was hooked.

I loved the characters. This story follows Sam and Avery. They are homeless, abandoned by their parents. They are trying to survive by picking locks and sleeping in vacant houses, trying to save money for their own. Although Sam is the younger brother, he is trying to take care of his autistic brother Avery. They are both broken , their relationship isn’t perfect (but which sibling relationship is?) but I love how they will do anything for each other. Sam and Avery are so precious.

This book is sweet, messy and full of hope. I really like the unique plot, and I absolutely loved the Delainey family. They are everything. A broken family, trying to live without their mother, there is banter and arguments between them, reminds me of my crazy siblings. The Delainey family are beautiful and real. I absolutely loved reading about them. Moxie is such a fiery character, she is so genuine and I just love her and her love for caramel brownies (I’m really craving brownies now). Note: TBWSH will make you hungry!

Sam and Moxie gave me all the feels. I loved the slow romance, it was beautifully written.

“You can do monstrous things and not be a monster.”

My rating: ★★★★

TBWSH is full of humor, family and heartwarming scenes. It also explores dark themes such as domestic abuse and violence. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a fast read, with family, sacrifice and young love.




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