Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Boy Who Steals Houses


The Boy Who Steals Houses, C.G. Drews
I listened to an audiobook of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders while I read The Boy Who Steals Houses and the High School English teacher in me cannot get enough of how deliciously this played out.  These would be soooo good to study alongside each other. (Guys, they both even opted for initials-only bylines! The conversations that could be had!) 

The premise is dynamite, the opening smashing and the language imagery-rich.  I couldn't look away.

Of all the things that impressed me about this book, most of all I applaud the aftertaste.  Without being preachy, there are messages here, and there are consequences (something I'm often sorry to see glossed over in some other hard knock stories).  The wrap-up is handled with expert finesse.

Advisory-wise, there's some colourful language and some violence.  No sex scenes.

A great discovery for fans of Holly Goldberg Sloan -- The Boy Who Steals Houses is a contemporary, both-eyes-open redemption tale with a big heart.

Review copy received from Hachette.
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