Because I Am Furniture

Because I Am Furniture

Book - 2009
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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: 9780670062980
0670062987
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 20 cm

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QueenMurr
Jul 02, 2015

The only word that can be used to describe this book is: deep. Not the kind of deep that is in the Fault in Our Stars, the kind of deep where you can't even see anymore. The story tells the tale of Anke (I love that name) who lives with an abusive father, her brother and sister are constantly yelled at punished, however she is left untouched and ignored, as if she was furniture (title drop). In her freshman year of high school she decides to go against her father's wishes and joins a volleyball team where she meets new friends and a possible love interest. This book was written in interesting ways, first was that it was written using poems, which isn't very common with a lot of books. Even though in total the amount of words in the book wasn't a lot the story was told in a way where the reader can easily visualize what was happening. Normally in books about abuse the protagonist is the one receiving the beatings and insults, however in this one the protagonist is having a different form of abuse, neglect. We see what it's like in her mind being unable to have a voice or say, and even though she doesn't get abused like her siblings she is given a feeling of being worthless. I really like this book and now I'm going to have to go out and buy a copy somehow. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to read a novel about abuse without the story revolving around the romance.

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palaminopony
Dec 03, 2013

“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.

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DanceFiddler
Aug 12, 2013

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.

msrobinboo Sep 29, 2012

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

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Kenaia
Jul 11, 2012

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.

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Haven0406
Mar 04, 2012

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

JasmineAurora Feb 18, 2012

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.

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gunajea
Dec 11, 2011

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.

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Hanmac_0
Jun 28, 2011

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 :)

this was taken from my website bookfreaks.yolasite.com

KaileyGarrett Apr 13, 2011

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

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