Because I am Furniture

Reader: Sabrina K
Age: 15
Title: Because I am Furniture
Author: Thalia Chaltas
Publisher: Viking
Pub Date: April 16 09
Galley: Yes
Nominate Teens’ Top 10: No
Recommend: Yes
Convince us to read book: This book was a bit of what Ellen Hopkins writes, doing poems/short writings about difficult subjects and sculpts it into something completely different. It shows the true pain of abuse, what it takes toll of the victims. Not only the victim but the people who live with the victim are affected as well, and this book shows the true horror of that as well.
Compelling Aspect of the Book: The most compelling book was how the family did nothing for so long about calling the cops on the father, and how much strength it took them to call one person. This really opened how I looked at the characters in a different way, and made them seem more alive. I'm glad though that the book ended in a positive ending and not on a sad note, which would create a bad image for abusive victims.
Did the cover tempt you and/or reflect the contents of the book: The cover did tempt me to pick up the book, it's unique and mysterious, just like the book. It reflected the contents, for Anke to be invisible, almost like furniture and this is shown right away in the cover.
Age Range: 16-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

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