Title: The Boy Who Lived In The Ceiling

Author: Cara Thurlborn

Release date: July 8, 2021

Series: Standalone

Pages: 302

 Rating: 4 STARS


Heartbreaking yet heartwarming – a coming-of-age story filled with love, loss, and blossoming friendships.

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 she feels as though that is all slipping away.

Having to grow up quickly and find their way in the world, Freddie and Violet grow closer despite their differences.

Focusing on everyday issues faced by teens and young adults, The Boy Who Lived in The Ceiling will leave you asking: Are some people invisible to us?


I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. Thank you!

The Boy Who Lived In The Ceiling by Cara Thurlbourn is the story of Freddie, a homeless teen, and Violet a girl with her own problems.

“𝑩𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆: 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆. 𝑰𝒏 𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒚, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒕.”

Freddie is a homeless teen, he was wandering the streets when Violet goes on vacation and they left the door ajar and he saw this as an opportunity to have a place to stay for few weeks until Violet’s family comes home. When they come back, Freddie is still in their home but he decided to hide in their attic and to continue to live in their home. When Violet needed help, Freddie helped her, and that way Violet found out that Freddie is living in her attic. At first, Violet was afraid of Freddie but Freddie told her his story and Violet believed him and she decided to help him and to let him stay in her attic.

“𝑶𝒏𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓…𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏. 𝑺𝒐, 𝒎𝒂𝒚𝒃𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒎𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝑰’𝒎 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖.”

Because Violet had her own problems, Freddie becomes her friend and the person who helped her with her problems. Violet helped Freddie to open up about his past and his problems and his family. I loved that they helped each other to accept their problems and to work at them.

I loved the beautiful friendship between Freddie and Violet. I loved the relationship between Freddie and Violet’s family. The Boy Who Lived in The Ceiling is a touching story about friendship, love healing, and second chance.



About the author

Cara Thurlbourn is a UK writer with a passion for all kinds of storytelling, particularly Young Adult books. She studied English at the University of Nottingham and for an MA in Publishing Studies in Oxford before embarking on a career in the industry. Cara worked as an editor for nearly ten years but in 2016, the year she turned 30, she turned her hand to writing and has never looked back.

Cara now spends her days in a small wooden ‘writing shed’ in her garden drinking too much tea and tapping out words with her rescue dog Molly for company. Having discovered the wonders of dictation a few years ago, she now also spends far too much time talking to herself!

Cara currently lives in a small, picturesque village in the Suffolk countryside with Mr. T and Mini T, and enjoys long walks across the fields when she’s in need of a screen break.

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