Book Review: The Boy Who Lived in the Ceiling by Cara Thurlbourn

Release Date: July 22, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 300 pages
Genre:  YA / coming of age
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Freddie’s life isn’t like it used to be – he’s alone, homeless, and carrying a secret that threatens to swallow him up. Every day is a struggle. Until he meets Violet Johnson.

Violet’s life is going down-hill. Her parents argue, her little brother’s stopped speaking, and she’s about to move schools. She used to be popular, she used to be happy, but now every day is a struggle. Until Freddie enters her life.

Despite their differences, Freddie and Violet grow closer. Freddie’s nightmares begin to fade. He stops having panic attacks. And he can’t believe that Violet Johnson actually likes him back. 
But Freddie’s past is catching up with him, and what will happen when Violet finds out what he did?


This is a beautiful story of a homeless boy and a family in mourning. Its also about the invisibility of homelessness and how we are more likely to give money to help people who seem well off than we are homeless people on the street.

Violets family is in turmoil. After losing her beloved Grandmother the family is thrown into mourning.  Her father is never around, her brother has stopped speaking and her mother is sad. Financially struggling Violet has agreed to go to the public school instead of the private school she was attending.  While she was popular at her old school this new school is very different and she finds herself with only a strange girl as her friend.

Freddie is homeless and an accident finds him living in Violets attic unbeknownst to the family.  After he witnesses Violet almost get attacked by a school mate he outs himself and starts a strange and beautiful friendship with Violet.  Freddie has goals, he wants to get his own place, and go to college or get an apprenticeship.  He doesn't want to be homeless. 

This is really an interesting study of how we treat each other and our perceptions of others.  I really enjoyed this book.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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