Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Because I am Furniture Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 16, 2009


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover, Bargain Price, April 16, 2009
$52.18 $2.33

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

Because I am Furniture + Gym Candy
Buy the selected items together
  • Gym Candy $8.09

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062987
  • ASIN: B00381B7GY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,391,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Incendiary, devastating, yet - in total - offering empowerment and hope, Chaltas's poems leave an indelible mark." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A harder read than it seems, but worth it." - Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

This is Thalia Chaltas’s debut novel. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Smashingly well done.
N. Strasburg
At least for me, sometimes things don't come off as clearly as they could, I get the basic idea but sometimes wonder if I'm always understanding everything correctly.
Mint910
Anke is pretty easy to relate to, but I don't feel like I really got to know her, and I felt kind of disconnected from her throughout.
Hannah @ Paperback Treasures

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on April 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Books written in verse are interesting. You would automatically think they would be easier to write because there are less words etc but I think they are actually harder to write. Having to get across just as much information and emotion with fewer words, each word holds greater meaning. I think this book does a wonderful job of telling a very emotional and important story with so few words.

I thought this would be really hard to read, and while it was it was also an empowering and hopeful book. To watch a young girl find her voice and not be afraid to use it, it was powerful. It was also interesting to see inside of this house, with all the terror and abuse that happens that no one ever say anything or ask for help. That's just the way the family was and they would rather deal with it that privately than make a change to their family. I thought the author did a great job of revealing the mentality of this family and made it easy to understand and believe.

I haven't read many books in verse and I still struggle with them a little bit. At least for me, sometimes things don't come off as clearly as they could, I get the basic idea but sometimes wonder if I'm always understanding everything correctly. Maybe that's just me! All in all a powerful and important book that really packs an emotional punch.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emereld2 VINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked Because I Am Furniture off a cart of books being processed this afternoon and started paging through it. I was a little put off by the "in verse" style, but after reading the book jacket, decided to give it a try.

Wow. Although this is a heavy subject, the book is easy to read. I am in awe of Chalta's storytelling; every word counts and there is no filler. We are in Anke's head, and it's not an easy place to be. She is vaguely aware of the abuse her father piles on her mother and two older siblings, but the family is in a conspiracy of silence. She understands that it's pathetic to feel left out of the abuse, but one can't help what he or she feels. Being spared means being ignored, being ignored means being worthless.

Entering high school, she defies her father by joining the volleyball team. This decision has unforeseen consequences on the entire family. Once Anke discovers her sense of self-worth, she becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Highly recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Strasburg on May 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Smashingly well done. The verse takes you into the story in a most unexpected way, what you might imagine if being allowed to step into another person's mind for a visit. Hauntingly authentic, inspiring and a must read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Runa VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Because I am Furniture is a lot of things, but original is not one of them. The style has been done before, by the likes of Sharon Creech and Ellen Hopkins. So has the story, also notably by Ellen Hopkins and others. The point of view may be slightly new (outsider rather than the one being abused), but it's still nothing amazingly good. While it is realistic and honest and narrated in a tone that is only reminiscent of death itself, this book has been written before. It is annoyingly predictable, and the ending was way to abrupt and cheesy. This is one instance where happily ever after just doesn't work. I do not recommend you take the time to read this, pick up Identical, which you may recall, I wasn't even that big a fan of, and you'd get a better story.

Rating: 2/5
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anke lives in a house full of fear. Fear of her father. His temper can flair at any moment and everyone around him suffers. Anke's brother and sister take the physical abuse and Anke is, for the most part, ignored in the house. She feels she has no choice but to sit back and witness what is going on around her. Sometimes she even feels jealous of the attention her brother and sister get, no matter how horrible that attention is.

Anke has one bright spot in her day - volleyball. Against her father's wishes, she tries out and makes the team. Volleyball gives Anke confidence and a small circle of friends.

At the beginning of the school year, Anke develops a crush on Kyler, a tall, blonde soccer player. She tries to be where he is during the school day and hopes to attract his attention. She also has a confusing relationship with Jed, a boy who lives across the street.

Between her family's dynamics, volleyball, school, and boys, Anke has a lot on her mind. Will she ever get the courage to say something about the abuse at home?

BECAUSE I AM FURNITURE is written in verse. It doesn't take long to read and although the subject matter is very serious, the point of view is coming from an onlooking Anke so it isn't graphic. It's a good read, but the ending wraps up a little too quickly and there is a loose end that will leave you wondering about one of her relationships.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anke plays a small role in her household--she's almost nonexistent to her father, who doesn't even care about her enough to offer any sort of attention...not even the bad sort of attention. While Anke's mother, brother, and sister endure their father's abusive behavior day after day, Anke is ignored, her importance reduced to that of furniture. But once she starts high school, Anke learns to become noticeable. She joins the volleyball team, and makes friends. And as the weeks go by, she not only gains confidence and independence, but a loud and strong voice as well.

Bright, poignant, and powerful, Thalia Chaltas reveals one family's struggles through her intricate and moving poetry. Ranging from frank and straightforward to thoughtful and contemplative, Chaltas' portrayal of Anke's journey to discover the courage and self-assurance she needs to right the wrongs in her life is surprisingly real and tangible as the story encompasses more than just her home situation, but also highlighting other aspects of teenage life: crushes, rejections, first dates, and making friends. The poetry is uncomplicated and enjoyable to read; it reads like a compelling mix of Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones, and its slightly elusive and strangely beautiful arrangement allows Anke's voice to ring out loud and clear to the reader. This surprisingly quick story is empowering, sweet, and highly affecting.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?