Because I Am Furniture – Thalia Chaltas

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 exhausted after practice feels good, but as Anke becomes part of the team, her confidence builds.  When she learns to yell “Mine!” to call a ball, she finds a voice she didn’t know existed.  For the first time, Anke is seen and heard.  Soon, she’s imagining a day that her voice will be loud enough to rescue everyone at home – including herself.

This book was a very fast read and particularly interesting because it is written in verse.  Similar books written by another one of my favorite authors, Ellen Hopkins.  This books is very empowering to young adults and sends a great message to anyone suffering or knowing anyone affected by abuse.  But ultimately upon finishing the book I felt the story line was a little lack luster.   – Brittany, Teen Clerk

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