Because I Am Furniture
Read Thalia Chaltas's posts on the Penguin Blog. Anke’s father is abusive to her brother and sister. But not to her. Because, to him, she is like furniture— not even worthy of the worst kind of attention. Then Anke makes the school volleyball team. She loves feeling her muscles after ... show more
Read Thalia Chaltas's posts on the Penguin Blog. Anke’s father is abusive to her brother and sister. But not to her. Because, to him, she is like furniture— not even worthy of the worst kind of attention. Then Anke makes the school volleyball team. She loves feeling her muscles after workouts, an ache that reminds her she is real. Even more, Anke loves the confidence that she gets from the sport. And as she learns to call for the ball on the court, she finds a voice she never knew she had. For the first time, Anke is making herself seen and heard, working toward the day she will be able to speak up loud enough to rescue everyone at home— including herself.
Publish date: February 23rd 2010
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, High School
Because I Am Furniture covers so much in such a short novel, written in verse. Here Anke deals with an abusive father, beating her brother and raping her sister. Her family remains silent as his abuse worsens, fearing his wrath should they anger him further by telling. The saddest part of this stor...
Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas Description: Anke’s father is abusive. But not to her. He attacks her brother and sister, but she’s just an invisible witness in a house of horrors, on the brink of disappearing altogether. Until she makes the volleyball team at school. At first just being...
I love novels in verse. I read virtually every one I can get my hands on. They can be very quick reads, and the good ones strip away everything but the most essential parts of the narrative, and the barest emotions. I'd say this is one of the good ones.Anke's father beats her brother and sister, and...
Full review can be found on my blog.My thoughts:I think the correct feeling I had when I finished this book is that I wished it was more. More emotional, more depth to the characters, more engaging to the reader. It was undoubtedly all of these things, but not to the point where I was a sobbing mess...
I don't generally go for novels in verse--I like a book you can sink into, and it's hard to do that with a book that's written as sparely as novels in verse really ought to be if they're making good use of the format. This one worked for me, though. I think the white space really helped emphasize ...