Harmony Book Reviews

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Posted on: June 4, 2009

Because I am Furniture

Title: Because I Am Furniture

Author: Thalia Chaltas

Rating: 9/10

Good If… You’re looking for an emotional novel written in verse.

Summary: (Taken from Amazon)

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.

My Thoughts: I always find it hard to say a lot about verse novels so this will be a short review.

Because I Am Furniture is one of those books that once you start, you lose track of time until you flip the final page. It’s powerful, emotional, and, unfortunately, will hit home with some readers. This is the first time I’ve read anything where the MC was only an on-looker to abuse at home and I’d never really thought about it before.

Anke is a character easy to relate to, especially since we don’t know that much about her. Characterization doesn’t really happen in verse novels so you never know anything about the characters that isn’t extremely pertinent to the plot. However, the plot moved fast enough  that none of the characters fell flat.

The ending of Because I Am Furniture is my favorite because everything fell together but still left a lot of room for you to imagine what happened next. The appearance of Kyler was also very nice. =)

Definitely recommended.

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9 Responses to "Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas"

The title is so creative. I absolutely adore it! Thanks for the review (:

Nice review. Like Emily said, I LOVE the title. I enjoyed this one too and it really did fly by fast. It was great. And I’m glad that the ending was the way it was…if that makes sense? It was a good ending. Like Willow!!

-Lauren

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. It seems really serious and thought-provoking. And the cover looks great.

omg this book sounds sooo good. i’m a big fan of realistic fiction, and the summary sounds very inspiring and promising. thank you so much for putting up a review of this. i’ve heard a lot about this book but didn’t know much about the plotline. well, now i do:P

I’ve only read one book in verse, so I’m always hesitant to pick one up. I’ll keep this one in mind, though. I loved hearing your thoughts on it!

This look really good. Like you, I haven’t read a book where the MC is only watching the abuse. Should be interesting.

I recently saw this book at my local bookstore and the summary sounded great. I’m glad to hear that the actual book is good too. I can’t wait to rush back and pick up a copy for my self.

I’m on and off about verse novels, some I love, others I don’t. I really enjoyed Home of the Brave – which was a novel in verse. I may have to take a crack at this one.

I remember when I first heard the title of this book and wanted to read it. It seems like it lives up to what my first impression was.

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