The Boy Who Steals Houses Paperback – 4 April 2019
This was one heck of a ride and I can't say that you won't shed a few tears, but you'll also probably burst into laughter along the way too, but either way, it will all be worth it, because Sam's story deserves to be read...Ultimately, it was an unforgettable experience, so please don't deny yourself the opportunity to step into Sam's world and let his story be heard. (Muse of Nyxmares blog)
I'm 100% positive I'm never going to get over this book. (A Whisper of Ink - blog)
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- Publisher : Orchard Books (4 April 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1408349922
- ISBN-13 : 978-1408349922
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 296 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 19.69 cm
Best Sellers Rank:
#183,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #17,446 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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Author: C.G. Drews
Book Title: The book title is absolutely appropriate to the story.
Book Cover: The cover is symbolic and understood when you read the story.
The story talks about a boy named Sammy who steals houses along with his autistic brother Avery in order to survive. But in this journey he gets attached to a girl and her family. As their relationship progress, secrets get unveiled and they usually have a way in catching people up and in the process shake the relationship.
Where do I even begin. The journey that the author takes her readers through is riveting and mesmerizing. I absolutely fell in love with the Lou brothers and De Lainey family. Each of the characters have a depth and dimension about them that adds more life to the story! Even though the book focuses on the younger adults, it was quite enjoyable as a read for me as an adult.
Sammy Lou is the younger of the Lou brothers and he had to take it on himself to take care of his older brother Avery. He is fiercely protective of him and would literally go to any length to take care of him. His interaction with Moxie was so precious! My heart literally melted into puddles. This boy deserves all the love and happiness in the world.
The representation of aut++tic spectrum through Avery is beautifully done! I was impressed with how well the author researched it before penning down it into the story. I was also happy with the fact that she did not bend the symptoms just so it could blend with the story but rather did justice to it by keeping Avery true to his character.
Moxie and her family, oh my goodness- I loved that chaotic big family and how they were always there for each other. Their family wasn't perfect but rather a happy one! Overall, I'd absolutely urge you to pick this book up because it has sibling struggles, blossoming teen love, physical fi++ts, b****ual characters, character on au**stic spectrum and brotherly care!
Language and Vocabulary: 4/5
Final overall rating: 4.5 /5
Characters: Sam was a very strong and angry character. Until Moxie came along, of course. Moxie's chirpy character was in good balance with Sam. Avery was so sweet, all through the book I just wanted to protect him just like Sam did. All the De Laineys were chaotic and fun.
Feelings: This was an emotional rollercoaster. Heartbreaking and also funny in places, the author did a great job at her second book. I was very impressed with the autism representation that was done in this book and I learnt a lot from it. Also, the sibling relationship in this book was so sweet and pure, I loved it so much.
Recommendation: Yes. It was a great read and talked about an important topic that everyone should know about.
Sam spends his life hitting the world and smoothing over the rusty corners so Avery won’t fall and hurt himself.
Top reviews from other countries
I think it would be grossly underestimating the little book by describing it simply as a contemporary YA romance.
Full disclosure: I had to stop reading at one point because I was crying so much my glasses fogged. So yea I adored this book even though it made me cry.
I’m really into reading about sibling relationships right now, possibly because it’s a major theme in my own writing but I think Cait has surpassed herself this time.
I really liked how she managed to balance a very understanding and respectful portrayal of autism with the reality of having a sibling – of growing up knowing they are different but being willing to fight for them because they’re your sibling and that’s what you do. I read somewhere that this is an #ownvoices rep for autism and anxiety and I can get that.
Sam is in one word, adorable. While I did fall in love with him for his unwavering support and care (and fear for) his brother I also could identify with him through his need of finding safety – of finding a home that fits him – and he fits into perfectly.
I think the danger would be that the story would focus too heavily on Avery, and Sam’s love and care for him – this is an #ownvoices story about autism but it’s made clear that it’s not only about autism. It also deals so well with the post traumatic effects of growing up in both a physically and emotionally abusive household for Sam. Is it a nervous tic that makes him steal houses – or the keys at least – or is it his way of coping with his isolated and troublesome world?
Of course, there are romantic elements – Sam falls for Moxie. In a way that only a scared, abandoned boy can – by falling in love with her family first. But romance aside (because really, would the book fail if it didn’t have the romantic relationship between Sam and Moxie? I don’t think so) this is a book about falling in love with safety; with a chance for a family – however patchwork and broken it might be.
You see, I could probably keep going on but there are only so many ways I can say that I adored this book. While both are standalone this and A Thousand Perfect Notes fit each other perfectly – from having a male POV to dealing with various forms of love, abuse, anger and hope. I can’t wait to read more of Cait’s stuff!
CG Drews once again demonstrates her ability to craft the most astounding characters and weave the most heart wrenching narratives. The Lou brothers are masterfully written: all fear and rage and brotherly love and the relationship between them is portrayed with such raw honesty with all the sibling frustration and affection. The De Lainey family is just that most fabulous ball of waffle fuelled chaos and I adore every single one of them. I LOVED the big family dynamic: the teasing, the sibling rivalry, the anger and frustration and the fierce love is all just perfect.
I absolutely adored everything about this story: the range of characters and relationships, the dual timeline narrative, the anxiety and autism rep, the unflinching portrayal of darker themes, the friendships, the family, the romance - just...everything. A complete triumph. Read it with a box of tissues.