Because I Am Furniture

Because I Am Furniture 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 volley

  • Title: Because I Am Furniture
  • Author: Thalia Chaltas
  • ISBN: 9780670062980
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 tAnke 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.

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    1. Thalia Chaltas

      Thalia Chaltas Author, Because I Am Furniture, Viking, 2009 worked hard at her luck to get her Young Adult novel Because I Am Furniture published by Viking She has been writing for children since just before the turn of the century The current century Running her medical transcription business has taught her the value of editing, since most physicians don t sound brilliant without a transcriptionist Raising five year old daughter Kaeva has taught Thalia the hard work of love, and she feels lucky to have that job as her first priority She currently has her butt in the chair, working on another novel for Viking.As a teenager Thalia Chaltas wanted to do everything, and she envied people who knew without question what their life goal was Thalia did preliminary training to be a kinesiologist, a helicopter pilot, and a fire fighter, and has at times been a bus driver, a ropes course instructor, and a contralto in an a capella group Along the way she has played lots of volleyball, written poetry, and collected children s books And eventually, that anvil fell from the sky and she realized writing was what all this previous intensive training was for.She has kept every poem she has ever written except one Because she can t find it.Thalia lives in California with her daughter BECAUSE I AM FURNITURE is her first novel Where do I write First, I will tell you where I usually do not write At home Why Because most of my life is there Laundry in a pile A new blackberry ice cream to create Dust bunnies to pet Very distracting.

    865 thoughts on “Because I Am Furniture”

    1. This is disgusting, disturbing, horrific and sadyet so beautiful and honest.So deep and moving,So heart-wrenching.How terrifying it must beto be terrified of your own Father.How mind-f*&^ing it must beto want any attention from him,to be jeaouls of your sisters rape,to desire to be beatenor yelled atjust something to know he knows you exist.How powerful you must feelknowing you are the reason he was sent to jail,how powerless you must feel to know he is now out.You are no longer furnature.Yo [...]


    2. This book just didn't work for me. It's a novel in verse, which I usually like very much. But I don't think that the story should have been told that way. I think it should have been a regular novel.The 'verse' alternated between pretty sophomoric stuff, I supposed in an attempt to make the voice of the 14 year old protagonist authentic, and some high level word usage within the verse,which would not fit a 14 year old living in the situation.The father is over the top abusive - beats up the son, [...]


    3. I am always there.But they don't care if I ambecause I am furniture.I don't get hitI don't get fondledI don't get lovebecause I am furnitureSuits me fine.Anke has a difficult home life, though that is putting it mildly. Her father is abusive. She sees all. Hears all. Yet though a witness, she's somehow avoided being the subject of his abuse. (Though witnessing it is damaging enough as it is.) Can a teen girl break out of her silence and get help for her troubled family?Because I Am Furniture is [...]


    4. asks "what do you think? " Well, where do I begin? I read this book in one sitting, roughly one hour. Took me roughly another hour to return to reality. Written in verse, a form I absolutely love, when done correctly, I am Furniture unravels the lives of a family plagued by abuse - sexual, physical, mental, and emotional abuse. The story reveals the rawness of emotion and the roller coaster of feelings that exist when an individual develops her ability to want something better. There were moment [...]


    5. The plot was good and the verse was actually not terrible, but the ending felt abrupt and I didn't really connect to the characters at all.


    6. This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.Thalia Chaltas' Because I am Furniture exemplifies the unique power of novels in verse. There are a lot of yougn adult novels about family violence, and many of them are excellent. However, in Because I am Furniture, the verse form allows the reader to experience the house of horrors in which Anke, the main character, lives.Fourteen year-old Anke's siblings are terrorized by their abusive father while her mother passively watche [...]


    7. Not only are the verses in this book beautifully written with meaningful poetic devices, if you're inclined toward noting that sort of thing, the topic is unfortunately, always contemporary.There's so much I could say about this fantastic book, but I'll focus in on a couple of points. Anke believes it's better to be like a piece of furniture in her family. Those who are noticed are hit and sexually used and abused. She's the youngest and somehow ignored in nearly every aspect of the family's lif [...]


    8. Because I Am Furniture is written in verse, and it works. It's quite a powerful novel that deals with an interesting subject: child abuse. Of course, we've seen it, read it, heard it all before. But Anke's not the one being abused, she's the witness of the abuse, which is probably equally as tough.Even though it's a thick enough book, because it's in verse, it goes very quickly. I was able to read it in one day, almost in one go. I however, thought that maybe it was a little too short. There per [...]


    9. Because I am Furiture, is not the best book ever. It is written in verse, but I think that it should have been written as a regular novel. I read the excerpt and saw how she plays volleyball and I knew that it was going to be cheesey. I still gave it a chance, though. Then I saw how it was in rhyme. Noone should ever write poetry about volleyball. I could not stand it! Then rest of the book was ratherHer dad is a creepo and I don't know why Anke's (the protaganist) mom ever married him and why s [...]


    10. To be perfectly honest, this book would have been better in my opinion if it was not poetry. Poetry is just not my thing. The character development of Anke was great, she finally spoke up about what was going on at home. You got to read what you got to read in school. Still a good book though.


    11. This was a heartbreaking look at abuse within a family, and most times I forgot about the story being written in verse.Anke lives in a nightmare. Her father repeatedly beats her older brother, rapes her older sister, and terrorizes their mother, who does nothing to stop the abuse. But Anke is, for the most part, left alone. She struggles between feeling relieved that her father rarely chooses to speak or acknowledge her and feeling hurt that he doesn't "show his love" in some way. She knows she [...]


    12. Full review can be found on my blog.My thoughts:I think the correct feeling I had when I finished this book is that I wished it was more. More emotional, more depth to the characters, more engaging to the reader. It was undoubtedly all of these things, but not to the point where I was a sobbing mess or screaming at the characters.The abuse portrayed in this novel is described with the best mix of detached denial and up-close horror. Anke’s feelings about it is conflicted which both surprised m [...]


    13. This is a very good book if you like sappy stories it is a sad story to begin with it is about a girl whose family ignores her. She has an abusive father but only to her brother and sister. Her dad ignored her all the time. Anke's older siblings, Darren and Yaicha, put up with the abuse their father gives to them and act as though nothing is really going on. She goes out for the volleyball team and makes varsity she is a good volleyball player but her dad doesn’t like competition so he doesn [...]


    14. Because I Am Furniture is a book that tackles many hard subjects such as rape, verbal and physical abuse. Thalia defiantly doesn't shy away from the hard parts with these topics, making this a gripping and startling novel told in verse style. Normally, I'm not a huge fan of verse, with the exception of Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones, because of the lack of character and plot development that they usually have. With Because I Am Furniture it worked perfectly with the story, because both were ragge [...]


    15. Books written in verse are interesting. You would automatically think they would be easier to write because there are less words etc but I think they are actually harder to write. Having to get across just as much information and emotion with fewer words, each word holds greater meaning. I think this book does a wonderful job of telling a very emotional and important story with so few words.I thought this would be really hard to read, and while it was it was also an empowering and hopeful book. [...]


    16. This is a poetry book that is about a freshman girl named Anke who definitely lives a hard life. Anke tries as hard as she can to live a normal life, but her father makes that impossible. Her father is a child abuser and sexual harasser. He abuses Anke's brother and sister, but strangely not her. She goes unnoticed, hence the name "Because I Am Furniture". Throughout the story she watches her father's rage on her siblings and is too scared to do anything about it. The story isn't all bad though. [...]


    17. 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 [...]


    18. Maybe a 2.5. The abuse in this book is just too much for me. I can honestly say that this is the only book that has ever made me really uncomfortable. It is written in verse, which works well for the plot, but the content seems so forced. The main character gets her "voice" to speak out against her father from playing volleyball. The symbolism is not subtle enough to be effective, and with the tree thrown in at the end, it just seems like a weak attempt to parallel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson [...]


    19. This book is one that should definitely have some kind of formal trigger warning included. It devastated me to the point of tears, made me nauseous with fury, and disturbed me more than anything else that I have read before, but it was also so beautiful and eye-opening. This story shines a light on domestic abuse in a very true and realistic way, and gives insight into the lives of so many who are suffering. And in the end, while it is very disturbing, it is a beautiful book about a reality in o [...]


    20. This was a disgustingly sad novel, yet full of hope. I like verse novels and this was one of the better ones. A quick read where each page flowed together.I'm so proud of Anke, I really felt attached after reading her story.This is not a happy family. Warnings of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse from the father.


    21. Although I didn't absolutely love the writing, the story was good, which made up for it. It was a quick read and my last of 2014!


    22. Anke has a different kind of family. Her brother and sister are physically, verbally, and sexually abused by their father. Even though Anke is not abused in these ways she is invisible in her house and feels like she has no voice. She feels like furniture in a way. Thalia Chaltas was a very good writer and I would read other books by her. One of her strengths I noticed was that she was able to get across a big point in a just a small amount of words. I think this because the book is written some [...]


    23. Because I Am Furniture is a book written in verse and convoys story about a girl named, Anke, who is living in a home where no one really notices her. But its better then what her sister or brother have to go through. There are many conflicts throughout the book including person vs. person, person vs. self, and person vs. society. Some of my favorite parts in the book are when Anke makes the volleyball team after having doubts about it. And her Dad saying she needs to stop. Another part is when [...]


    24. This book had some tough material in it, and it was told in verse. Very interesting to read. Even though there were few words, there was such a big story. Simplistic writing that said exactly what needed to be said. And you weren't missing anything. Highly recommend!


    25. It was beautiful. It was kind of hard to read sometimes, but i really enjoyed it and it made me feel nice at the end. It was a hard topic but it was worth it for me.



    26. Anke lives in a household full of chaos, but from the outside, few people would know.This powerful verse novel details the life of a child abuse victim, who is also a witness to other horrors in her home. Anke watches her brother beaten, hears her sister being raped, and experiences her mother's fear and silencel at the hands of her father. This all happens as she navigates her freshman year of high school and attempts to have all of her typical experiences of growing up---playing a sport, havin [...]


    27. The Plot:She’s confused, she’s ignorant, she’s a lost child yearning for love and craving attention so typical of emotionally malnourished children. she’s jealous and insecure, but it’s not her fault and she doesn’t know that that’s wrong. She’s lonely in a house of five even though she’s the most salvaged and the least affected. She’s isolated by the sparing glances rather than saved from the looks she’s not given. But she doesn’t realize that. She doesn’t realize so m [...]


    28. Personal Response:I thought this book was good. I enjoyed it as I read through, but I wish more happened. Anke was ignored by her family and wanted to speak up for things that happened within it. I predicted she would raise her voice by the end of the book, and she did. The ending was a happy ending for her and her family. I think because she spoke up, her family was able to live a happier and more normal life. I was glad when she spoke up, because I didn't think anybody else would have. Plot:An [...]


    29. Because I Am Furniture was an interesting twist on YA issues books. Normally, it’s narrated by the person being abused and we see how it makes them feel and how they handle (or don’t handle) the situation. Instead, Because I Am Furniture is told by fourteen-year-old Anke, whose brother and sister are abused by their father. He essentially leaves Anke alone, not even acknowledging her presence on most days. Sometimes when he does have something to say to her, or he wants to punish her for som [...]


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