The Boy Who Steals Houses
by C.G. Drews
Published by Hachette Australia
Publication Date: 9th of April, 2019
Australian RRP: $16.99
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.
C.G. Drews second novel is another heartbreaking story about a teenage boy trying to survive on his own without a home, friends or guidance and coming from a terrible family situation. Out on his own he becomes the boy who steals houses, breaking into people’s homes for the night but never having a place to settle. However, while trying to look after himself he also tries to look out for his brother who he loves very much but who often falls in with the wrong crowd.
Sam is always looking for a more permanent place he can stay and a way to look after his brother by giving him stability too but the problem with him stealing houses for the night is that the owners always come back home. With Sam off his game after a run-in he drops his guard, breaks into a home and wakes up with the family back home and throughout the house and also accompained by the teenager’s many friends. Trapped upstairs in this home Sam has no choice but to play it cool and try to escape past undetected. However, he’s spotted easily and the teenagers assume he’s friends with their siblings giving Sam further access to their home and an invitation to breakfast!
Pretending to know the family works for the morning but Sam, craving the home and kindness, extends the charade and his act catches up with him. There’s a lot of touching and emotional moments in this book as Sam finds his place after many knockdowns in his life. I think this book was really sweet and one of those stories with characters you really cheer for to have a happy ending. I think it ended well and I’ll be looking forward to the book from C.G. Drews!
(Thank you to Hachette Australia for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)