Gateway 4: Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
I had seen this book at the store and thought it looked interesting. And it was good. I can see that teens would enjoy it, even if I was left somewhat just okay with it. This is the story of Anke and her family. Her father is abusive to her older brother and sister, but doesn’t really do much to her, in fact, as the title says, it’s like he doesn’t even see her. And while she knows what he does to her siblings, sees the bruises, hears him in her sister’s room at night, she sometimes feels this means he loves them and not her. She decides to try out and makes the school volleyball team, she’s so tall, she’s a shoe-in. Her father tells her competition is not good, but doesn’t ever actually forbid her, and as always, doesn’t turn on her and hurt her in any way for it. No one in the family says anything to try to end this. Until the day that her father does turn on her.
The book is written in poems, reminiscent of the Ellen Hopkins stories, Crank, Glass, etc. So I can see it being a very popular book with kids.