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.
ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
Am I now a puddle on the floor? Why yes, yes I am.
Warning this review may contain spoilers.
I have been pumped for this book since reading C.G Drews debut last year, and this book did not disappoint.
Firstly the writing style is really fun, personally I love third person present tense, though I am aware this is not for everybody it just works for me. Though I did have a few issues with the psychic distance which were jarring, it wasn’t too much of an issue, as for the most part, the writing style is addictive.
Can I give Sam a hug, honestly as a fellow Sam I feel the need to give him the hugest hug and then feed him something. But also so many times I wanted to sit him down and be like stop, this a bad idea when he was about to do something dumb. I did feel like his character was a little inconsistent, sometimes he’d read really young and other times he’d read like he was older than 15. Though I’m unsure if this was purposeful as it could have been, due to Sam’s childhood he could be like that realistically.
I loved the De Lainey’s and want to adopt all of them. I love reading about big somewhat dysfunctional families and Cait did such a good job of portraying big families realistically, it reminded me of my own family.
Also Moxie and Sam were so adorable. I would have liked them to remain just friends, because I think their relationship is a little she saves him and fixes him because their romance, but I’m also not totally mad about.
I also want to mention that this book has own voices autism rep. Personally I thought the representation felt realistic, however, I myself don’t have autism so I’m possibly not the most qualified judge. However I thought it was very respectful and it felt like an important part of the story without becoming, I’m not sure what word I want to use to explain, all I can think of is preachy, but I know that’s not quite the right word.
The pacing for the first two-thirds was constant and flowed well, the story was really easy to dive back into when I’d have to leave it, which is great because I read the majority of this book between classes, or a chapter here and there as a reward for working on assignments.
However, I got to the last third and basically devoured the rest of it. The end was just intense. I could feel that something bad was going to happen basically the whole book, more and more the closer we got to the climax, but honestly the whole last third I was just like noooo. Honestly Cait why do want to break my heart like that? The end of this book is the whole reason I am now a puddle and I need more about these characters, I’m not saying I want a whole book, though if that could be arranged I would be on board, but maybe a short story.
Overall I really enjoyed The Boy Who Steals Houses and recommend it if you like soft characters making bad life decisions.
I give The Boy Who Steals Houses four out of five stars.
Have you read The Boy Who Steals Houses? What did you think? Or are you planning on reading it soon? Let me know.