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The Boy Who Steals Houses
Rating: 5/5
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Source: ARC copy gifted by Team BKMRK in exchange for an honest review

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.




After CG Drews' earth-shatteringly brilliant debut novel, A Thousand Perfect Notes, I had high expectations going into this book. I will admit that after reading the synopsis, I wasn't immediately drawn in, but from the very first page, any reservations I had were forgotten and I was utterly lost in the story.

Before I go any further into this review, please note that this review may contain talk of domestic abuse and violence. The book also explores these themes in great detail.

The story focuses on fifteen-year-old Sam, in an almost Goldilocks-style retelling. Sam, and his older brother Avery are homeless. Through a series of heartbreaking, (unfortunately) believable events, Sam and Avery are left to fend for themselves with no friends, and no family. Although Avery is older than Sam, Avery lives with autism and Sam feels as though it's his responsibility to help them both get the most out of their lives.

Sam tries to get through life by breaking into temporarily vacant houses, and staying there until it's rightful owner returns. It highlights the stark reality of how some people live; and the insight makes you empathise over situations that you may not have done before. This book is so informative on the realities of living without a home, and the pain I felt for these characters was so sincere. Although (obviously) not agreeing with some decisions they made, it was so easy to understand why they felt like they had to.

Sam breaks into a house one day, and to his horror, wakes up the following morning to a bustling household. The De Lainey house is gloriously manic, and Sam is swept up in the chaos of it all, and mistaken as one of the children's friends. Sam's never belonged, and never felt wanted; but something about the De Lainey house makes him feel like home...

I wouldn't want to say much more about the plot, because uncovering Sam's story is something you need to do yourself.

On paper, Sam shouldn't be likeable. He makes terrible decisions, he's short-tempered, he's flaky - but his flaws somehow make me connect to him more. Again, I may not agree with the things he says or does, but I understand wholeheartedly why he makes the decisions he does.

Sibling dynamics aren't something I often see written about in YA, especially brothers; so exploring the relationship between Sam and Avery was something I really enjoyed. Like every relationship, it isn't perfect; but their love for each other is admirable. I found their relationship one of the most genuine things in the book; as it was so honest, raw, and most importantly, real. They're always somehow drawn back to each other, because that's the closest thing they have to a home. They're each other's security blankets, and it's beautifully done.

The De Lainey's are the heart and soul of this book. They waltz into the book like a breath of fresh air, and by the end, you feel like you're part of the family. Every warm and fuzzy scene in this book contains them; and although their scenes aren't always happy, their positivity and hope radiates from every page.

CG Drews' writing style is stunning. Without a single trace of magic, she somehow transports you to a different world - and that's the true wonder of this book. Much like A Thousand Perfect Notes, it's heartbreakingly beautiful, and a book to get lost in for hours. Truly gorgeous.


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    4 IF YOU WANT YOUR EX LOVER BACK SPELL
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  9. My Herpes virus that was cured by a great herbal medicine man. Since last 7 months i was having these virus and some time i experience the herpes outbreak. last three weeks I was in a great pain so I told one of my friends about it she told me that there is a great herbal medicine man that can cure Herpes and so many diseases and he also help people in getting pregnant and bringing back EX. I asked her if she had the man contact so i could give it a try, she gave me the contact, I contacted him he talked to me, and he send me the herbal medicine and herbal soap via DHL service to my country, told me how i will be using the herbal soap and drinking the herbs and after two weeks I should go for a test. Which I did, when the doctor told me that am now Herpes negative I couldn't believe myself I went to see another doctor the result was still the same i couldn't keep this to myself when i know that a lot of people are having issues with their health due to ignorant so i decided to let it out on this page that if anyone here need help in curing his/her Herpes virus or trying to conceive should also contact him he also have herbal medicine for HIV, Herpes, Cancer, Hepatitis etc and deal with spiritual problems too once again you can email him on:drafridherbalhome@gmail.com  webs:http:drafridherbalhome.webs.com    

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  10. I am really happy that i and my husband are cured of (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS) with the herbal medicine , i have been suffering from this disease for the past 3 years without solution until i came across the email of this doctors who have cure so many people with his herbal medicine, i also choose to give him a chance to help me and my husband, he told me what to do and i kindly did it, and he gave us his herbal medicine and direct me on how to use it, i also follows his instruction for use and he ask us to go for a check up after 3 weeks and which i did, to my greatest surprise our result came out as negative, we are really happy that there is someone like this Dr Moses who is ready to help anytime any day. to all the readers and viewers that is doubting this testimony stop doubting it and contact this Dr Moses and see if he will not actually help you. i am not a stupid woman that i will come out to the public and start saying what someone have not done for me. dr.mosesherbalisthome@gmail.or call him and also whatsapp him on +2348156768667,thank you

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  11. I would like to let all know that the size of your Penis really matters in your relationship or marriage. I got married to my wife about 1 month after we met on a photo studio, we lived happily for the first 3 months of our marriage until i and my wife started having quarrels at home because i couldn't satisfy her on bed with my little penis. Actually my penis was very small, it measured about 4.5 inch long on erection and i am 39 years old. My wife said it was forbidden by the women of this world. My wife started sleeping with other men outside. Sometimes i will return from work without finding my wife at home and whenever i call or ask her where she was, she will always snub at me and sometimes just tell me to go get a larger dick. All this continued for a long time and it hurt me so much that i was at the edge of breaking up on the marriage till when i read about a doctor called DR.OMOHAN. online. I never thought i could smile and be in a happy marriage again if not for the help of DR.OMOHAN. I got the doctors Emails:(dromohanherbalmedicine@gmail.com ) on the internet and i emailed him, and he got back to me with some encouraging words, he got me some herbs cream which i use for just 8 days and i began to feel the enlargement of my penis, and without surgery. This went on for a little period of about 10 days and to my surprise my wife keeps screaming that she love my big dick now. Now my wife no longer cheat on me, and my penis is now about 10.5 inches long on erection and off course very large round. And now my wife uses breasts, hips and bums enlargement. I and my wife are very happy for the help rendered to me by DR.OMOHAN , and i want to say a big thanks to Doctor for the help. You can contact the Doctor now on his Email:( dromohanherbalmedicine@gmail.com ) Am thankful to the doctor for helping me.
    his whataspp number +2348164816038

    DOCTOR OMOHAN CAN AS WELL HELP THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS
    1. HIV/AIDS SPELL
    2. HERPES SPELL
    3. CANCER SPELL
    4 IF YOU WANT YOUR EX LOVER BACK SPELL
    5 IF YOU NEED A BABY SPELLhim to solve
    6 LOW SPERM COUNT SPELL
    get all your problem solve. No problem is too big for him to solve.  

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  12. PERMANENT SOLUTION TO SEXUAL PROBLEMS WITH DR HARRY HERBAL MIXTURE CREAM  WEBSITE https://drharryherbaltempl.wixsite.com/solutiontemple  WHATSAPP +2349036417079 hello everyone  i have been worried for so many years now because i was  trying to figure out how to cure my (erectile dysfunction) and enlarge my SMALL penis but could not find a way out of it ,,my wife has told me if i do not get a cure on time that she will leave me and i love her and my marriage so much .i have used VACCINES,DRUGS,INJECTION AND even did Surgeries just to be happy but none really rendered me  the help i needed and i almost gave up when i Used a herbal medicine from a fake bullshit doctor from Malawi .i almost lost my life during that period so i gave up and accepted my fate because my wife already requested for a divorce paper s ,,but on one faithful morning i was reading through a comment on Facebook of one MR phillip montenero  from Germany of how DR HARRY  HERBAL  CREAM and LIQUID  enlarge his penis and cure his younger Brother of  STROKE DISEASE within the space of 3 weeks wow i was surprised to see it so i quickly visited his website link  https://drharryherbaltempl.wixsite.com/solutiontemple  behold i saw lots of solution to my problems there so i emailed him and he got back to me and gave me some  comfortable words ,and the next day he told what needed to be done and i did it so he sent me his MIRACULOUS HERBAL CREAM AND LIQUID through UPS delivery service and i got it 4 days after ..i then followed his prescriptions on how to use it and OH MY GOD it is just two weeks of using his herbal cream i now have 10 inches when erected and 8 inches when flaccid my wife love it  so much now after i had sex with her with my MONSTER PENIS ..and also apologize for asking for a divorce .i am so happy i now feel like a real man ,,thank you so much for taken away this shame from me DR HARRY  so if you need any kind of cure visit his website link https://drharryherbaltempl.wixsite.com/solutiontemple    email him on drharrysolution@gmail.com or whatsapp him on +2349036417079 THANKS   

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  13. i already gave up on ever getting cured of HSV2 because i have try many treatment none of them work out for me i have go to different hospital they always tell me same thing there is no cure for herpes when i came across a post about Dr ohunyom, in the net from a lady called Angela i contacted him and he reassured me with him herbal medicine which i took according to the way he instructed, that how i was cured. I doubted at first because i have been to a whole lot of reputable doctors, tried a lot of medicines but none was able to cure me. so i decided to listen to him and he commenced treatment, and under two weeks i was totally fee from #Herpes. i want to say a very big thank you to DR ohunyom for what he has done in my life. feel free to leave him a message on email drohunyom@gmail.com and also WhatsApp him +2349060579973..
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