The Book That Steals Hearts: The Boy Who Steals Houses – Book Review

This book will break your heart and stitch it back together with caramel and sunbeams. It is a story filled with hope, pain, love, fear, and beautiful, beautiful connection. 

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. Sammy is so unbelievably precious, I just wanted to scoop him up in a huge hug, make him pancakes and give him a key to my house. (It’s not weird I promise.) Avery is an equally wonderful character and I love that Cait doesn’t shy away from portraying some of the complex struggles of living with autism.

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. Moxie’s character is totally relatable. Her pain, love and exasperation with her family is real. Her creative zeal is tangible and sparkles off the page. She is definitely someone I want to sit and eat cake and drink huge milkshakes with.

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.

This book will break your heart and stitch it back together with caramel and sunbeams. It is a story filled with hope, pain, love, fear, and beautiful, beautiful connection. 

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. Sammy is so unbelievably precious, I just wanted to scoop him up in a huge hug, make him pancakes and give him a key to my house. (It’s not weird I promise.) Avery is an equally wonderful character and I love that Cait doesn’t shy away from portraying some of the complex struggles of living with autism

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.

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