Monday, May 18, 2009

Because I Am Furniture

Odd title, good read. This novel in verse should appeal to fans of Ellen Hopkins. High school freshman, Anke, lives in an abusive home. Her father beats her brother and molests her sister. But Anke is ingored. Sometimes this is a relief and other times Anke wishes for negative attention, just so she knows she's not as easily overlooked as a piece of furniture (hence the title.) When she starts high school, Anke finds her own ground as she joins the high school volleyball team and becomes a valued member of a group. Soon though, things at home can no longer be ignored. As the family dynamic worsens, Anke must find the power to become visible if she ever hopes to change her family's situation.

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