The Compulsive Reader: Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Anke plays a small role in her household—she's almost nonexistent to her father, who doesn't even care about her enough to offer any sort of attention...not even the bad sort of attention. While Anke’s mother, brother, and sister endure their father's abusive behavior day after day, Anke is ignored, her importance reduced to that of furniture. But once she starts high school, Anke learns to become noticeable. She joins the volleyball team, and makes friends. And as the weeks go by, she not only gains confidence and independence, but a loud and strong voice as well.

Bright, poignant, and powerful, Thalia Chaltas reveals one family's struggles through her intricate and moving poetry. Ranging from frank and straightforward to thoughtful and contemplative, Chaltas' portrayal of Anke's journey to discover the courage and self-assurance she needs to right the wrongs in her life is surprisingly real and tangible as the story encompasses more than just her home situation, but also highlighting other aspects of teenage life: crushes, rejections, first dates, and making friends. The poetry is uncomplicated and enjoyable to read; it reads like a compelling mix of Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones, and its slightly elusive and strangely beautiful arrangement allows Anke's voice to ring out loud and clear to the reader. This surprisingly quick story is empowering, sweet, and highly affecting.

This book will be released on April 16th, 2009.


Thao said...

I read the synopsis at Lenore site and thought it'd be an interesting. Now I can't wait for it.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Ah, it's too far away!! It sounds great. I really want to read this.


Bobbie McCrea said...

Wow!!!! Excellent book, quick read. Intense content for mature readers in a free verse format. Not as graphic as Crank or Impulse. The main character is trying to find her "voice".