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Because I Am Furniture

Chaltas, Thalia

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Because I Am Furniture
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The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 0670062987
9780670062980
Branch Call Number: y CHALTAS 2009
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,20 cm

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“Because I Am Furniture” is a chilling novel written in the form of haunting poems. It explores the life of teenage Anka, a young woman whose other family members are abused by her father. Anka herself is seemingly forgotten by her father, leading her to believe that she is a kin to furniture (she is there and she exists but is ignored by everyone). This book is a wonderful read but does contain “trigger warnings” for various forms of abuse.

The author of this review does not have many complaints about this novel. It is very interesting and offers an eerie view into the world of abuse. The main character is very likeable, if not a tad pessimistic (but that is to be expected due to the way she is treated). The other characters (with the exception of the abuser) are, for the most part, very likeable too. The plot of the story is vibrant and the setting does a lovely job of increasing the intensity of the mood of the story.

The poems that compile the story themselves are sometimes vague, but they do not fail to communicate what is happening in the story.

“Because I Am Furniture” by Thalia Chaltas can be described as a coming-of-age story. It would be a wonderful choice for a book talk or book report for students who are of teenage age and enjoy real-life novels that sometimes need a bit of “reading between the lines”. Overall, this poetic novel is a lovely, heart-warming read that will have you chewing on your lip in suspense at some parts and wishing to give characters hugs at other parts.

Aug 12, 2013
  • DanceFiddler rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A young teenager watches as her father abuses her two siblings and largely ignores her. Eventually she realizes she needs to speak out. Told in free verse. As often happens with free verse novels, I had a hard time getting to know the character and didn’t find the book terribly exceptional—though I do appreciate the spare quality of the text that didn’t overwhelm us with the father’s brutality.

Sep 29, 2012
  • msrobinboo rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this book was little crazy and sad because i know that sometimes and life this happens

Jul 11, 2012
  • Ellawind rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I don't want to say I enjoyed this book, because it was so sad, but I did enjoy it because it was such an amazingly told story and so good. I read through it very quickly- I think the poetry kind of pulls you along. I almost wanted to cry at parts and at other times I laughed out loud. An amazing story.

Mar 04, 2012
  • Haven04 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book was differently written, but i EA;Y like it :)

Feb 18, 2012
  • JasmineAurora rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked that the book was written in poems. It made it hard for you to put down. It was sad but I really enjoyed it.

Anke- a quiet fourteen year old in modern times. Her father takes his anger on her brother and sister. But not on Anke. Because to him, she is nothing. When Anke starts her freshman year, she realizes she can be heard. It’s a good realistic fiction book but I feel like not much happened. I don’t know any other similar books. I would suggest this to anyone fourteen or older.

Jun 28, 2011
  • Hanmac_0 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

review #1:Because I Am furniture;by Thalia Chaltas

Anke's father is abusive.But not to her only to her brother and sister she has never even been worth it to her father to punish her as he does to her siblings.When Anke makes the volley ball team she gains confidence and support from her friend Rona.And musters the courage to be brave. 8-10 i really enjoyed this book it grabbed at me.I felt so bad and i even had my eyes tear up while reading but i didn't like the way the author decided to write the book it really turned me off. it was more like a poem and didn't go too much into detail.But overall i enjoyed the book :)

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Apr 13, 2011
  • KaileyGarrett rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A greadt book. Sadly it is not set as normal pages but I would definitly reccomend it.

Feb 03, 2011
  • Books_Luv rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Because I Am Furniture is an okay book to read. I expected a lot more to the novel. The story is told through poetry which I am not a great fan of, specifically Ellen Hopkins' series.
Anke is fourteen years old, and the youngest in the family, but she struggles as the relationship in the family shatters. Her older brother and sister are being abused by their own father. While their mother just watches him hurt them. Luckily and unluckily, Anke is left alone. She hears their shallow and weak voices every day.
She discovers that she has a voice after joining her high school's volleyball team. In volleyball if you want to hit the ball, you cry, "MINE!" She learns a lot from her friends and coach.
Anke's father goes out with younger women and starts to notice her some-what friend, Angeline. She feels like she is about to explode. Anke needs to step up against her father; to discover that she has a voice.
The novel is fine. It has a great message but not that great. Just fine.

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