Because I Am Furniture
By: Shakya Gray
The main thing that made this book distasteful was the main character. I could relate to her in a way because she didn't really have a father. Her father was suffering from an anger disorder, so he took it out on his family. He abused everyone physically and verbally, except Anke. Ultimately, this drew a wedge between her and her family. I get that she's bitter because she doesn't get acknowledged by anyone, so she feels like a nobody; however, I don't understand why she wished to be in her family's position. They yearn to be safe and not walking around with bruises on their body. Who in their right mind would want to get raped or abused? Instead of wanting attention she should have been trying to help her family. I felt like Anke was whiny and absurd because she wished for pain. Although, I didn't like the main character I enjoyed the way this book was written. This is the first time I enjoyed a rather simple book. The simplicity in this book made it easier for me to understand it, unlike most poetry. I also liked the repetition in this book because it adds suspense. For instance, Chaltas restated the procedure for the drill three times, then at the end Anke said "the drill is supposed to make you stronger, but I am so tired." The way Chaltas described Anke repeating drills for volleyball gave the reader insight on how tired she was becoming each time. This book was a good balance between social and family problems which made it enjoyable for me.
- An article explaining what child abuse is and the percentage of people who went through it as children.
- This is the link to an interview with the author, in which you can get answers to questions pertaining to the book.
- Here are some key quotes from the book.
- The author has created a blog website for Anke and post things involving the book.
Everything is Fine.
A dysfunctional family is present in both books making them similar. The main character Mazzy from the book Everything is Fine is stuck in the same situation as Anke. Similarly, the teenage girls have to live life without a father. Mazzy's situation is slightly different from Anke's because her father is away for business, while Anke's is there just not for her. The pressure of Mazzy having to deal with her mom's depressed catatonic state and Anke in an abusive household causes them both to be emotional. They have to live with the void of no father in their life, which makes them alike.
Walking On Glass
This book is a novel in verse just like Because I Am Furniture. In this book the main character has to make the biggest decision of his life after his mother's suicide attempt. Because the right side of her brain stops working, he and his father are told by doctors that it is best to pull the plug, but he doesn't want to feel like a murderer. Both of the main characters are teenagers with such a big burdens in their lives. They face the hardships and go through the stress that no teenager should have to go through.These books are recommended for 15 and older because of the serious content in them.
Jinx is another depressing novel in verse. Jinx, formally known as jen, had a boyfriend who died from committing suicide. Then, Jinx got another boyfriend and he got killed himself right after he started dating her. As a result, everyone in school gave her the name Jinx. Throughout the whole book, Jinx is depressed because she keeps falling in love with boys and they keep dying. Jinx and Anke are similar because they both feel lonely. After Jinx's second boyfriend dies nobody talks to her only because they feel like she's bad luck. Anke goes through the same thing when she is treated like furniture at home and ignored at school. Anke and Jinx are depressed through the whole book.
Everything is Fine.
Walking On Glass
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