The Boy Who Steals Houses | C.G. Drews | Review

“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.”





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.


This book is adorable. It is one of those books that has been sat on my shelf for the last year and a bit and I just haven’t had the urge to pick it up. My TBR jar chose its fate and I cant believe it has take me so long to pick it up.

The characters are the thing in this book that really speak to me. I absolutely love Sam and his brother Avery. I have literally fallen head over heels in love with them both, I want to adopt them! They can come and share my house with me and we can kick my husband out if necessary. I feel so sorry for them. I enjoyed learning about their back story in every so many chapters, I feel like that really helped the reader to build up the connection with the characters and get to understand why they are doing what they are doing. I really liked the autism rep with Avery, whilst I feel like it wasn’t really explored in too much detail – I feel like the necessary detail was there in order to alert the reader to his needs and the reason he is behaving the way that he is. Also, the Dealiney family, please can I be a part of this family? I know they have been through a lot but their family structure and solidarity is the best. Every family should aim to be like them.

The writing style also made this an easy to read book. I flew through this in just a couple of hours because I did not want to put it down. I had such an emotional connection with these characters, I just wanted more and more from them. I almost forgot that I was reading at points, because I was so deep into the moments that it provided.

I’m struggling to write a review for this because it was so beautiful. I think that everybody should pick it up and read it because I know you will love it like I did. More authors need to develop characters like C.G. Drew has!


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