Because I Am Furniture

Because I am FurnitureBecause I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My students love verse novels and depressing books where horrible real things happen. This book is on our 2012-2013 Eliot Rosewater nominee list and I'm positive all my copies will stay checked out. This book fits the bill of containing both depressing and horribly real situations: a dysfunctional family with an abusive father. The main character is like furniture in her family of 5. Her father extends no abuse physical or sexual towards her but instead focuses it in her brother and sister. She goes about her life as a high school freshman, trying to make her way in the world, and make sense of her sick family. The verse style of this novel make the horrifying parts stark and painful. This is the type of book with lines that resound in your head long after the final page is read.

This book is on our 2012-2013 Eliot Rosewater nominees list.  I'm sure it will be quite popular and probably will be one of the most read on the list in my library.  See the complete list here

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