Author Thalia Chaltas leads you straight to the heart of Anke's darkly complicated world in this devastatingly powerful novel in poems. (Taken from inside flap)
Before I picked up Because I Am Furniture, I had no idea that it was written in verse. Not that that's a problem, but for some reason it's always a surprise when I open a book that is written this way. I'm like always caught off-guard, but in a good way, because I don't read too many books in verse. That being said, I think the format suited Because I Am Furniture perfectly. The story is very poetic and deserves to be written as such. And the book is interesting, because many books about child abuse involve the main character being a part of the abuse, but not in this one. Anke is completely ignored, and has to watch while her brother and sister receive the brunt of their father's "attention." I also loved the parts about volleyball, and how from this sport Anke found her voice and was able to use it for helping her family. Because I Am Furniture was a little sad, but overall was a hopeful story.
8 out of 10.