I've read this book maybe a year ago in German and it wasn't much older than a few years at that point.

The protagonist is a boy in high-school who is fascinated by dinosaurs. He is always trying to dig up fossils in the mountains that are behind his house where he lives with his sick mother and their cat.

He is working somewhere and is the normal average nice boy you find in stories. Never doing anything bad. But while working he steals a little figurine that his mother would probably like. He doesn't have the money to just buy it.

After that, while digging in the mountains, a big hole opens up. He doesn't think too much about it, but when he returns home and goes to watch some TV in the basement a devil is sitting on his couch. The devil starts to threaten him that he will kill his mother if the boy doesn't bring him - snacks. And he wants a house of his own.

The boy realizes that there is not much he can do against the devil and so he starts to steal food, because the devil can only eat stuff that has been stolen.

Because he is pretty helpless he tries to find someone who could help him. And his only idea is the gothic-girl he has seen in school a few times. Someone said she summoned demons a few years ago. Of course she denies that when he asks her about it.

Fast-forward: she really summoned a devil accidently before and it nearly got her and her family killed.

Together they try to find a way out, but the boy is getting lured by the devil everytime they are close to their goal, for example by promises of healing his mother.

He manages to do the thing that the devil wants to heal his mother - but sadly the process of healing means that a stadion came crashing down while a public game was in progress and so there is someone who died and his heart could be transplanted.

In the end they find out that the devil has one weakness - cats.

And with the help of his house-cat the two of them manage to make the devil flee. The Happy End is that they are now regularly sending devils back to hell with the help of the cat.

Can you help me remember what the name of this book was?

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Hellhole by Gina Damico

This is the text from goodreads.com, emphasis mine:

A devil is a bad influence . . .

There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.

This is the blurb from the back of the book, taken from the author's website, emphasis mine again:

Geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore only has one dirty habit: digging for fossils. One day, to his horror, his shovel strikes not upon a dinosaur bone, but a pit to hell—and out of it comes a devil. Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food, watches a lot of reality television, plays a lot of video games, and refuses to leave Max’s basement. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. And Max has to find a way to comply with the demands of the big red menace, lest he lay waste to everyone and everything Max cares about.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max goes in search of a new abode for his unwanted guest. Finding a place where he can reside in luciferian luxury isn’t easy, but Max has strong motivation: his mother, whose terminal illness the devil promises to cure if Max gives him what he wants. Lore has her doubts about making a deal with the devil, but Max will stop at nothing to save his mom. And pretty soon, he’s doing things the good kid he once was would never dream of doing. Clearly, hanging around with a devil is a bad influence. But how can Max get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?

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