Because I am Furniture, by Thalia Chaltas is my pick for a book that deserves ten stars. It is a novel in poems about a teenage girl who feels like she is no more than furniture, ignored in the background, as she witnesses her brother and sister receive the worst kind of attention from their abusive father.
I love this book because it was so easy to fall in love with the main character, Anke, as she learns how to stand up for herself and her family.
Because of Thalia's gift for voice.
Because of the way she strikes to the heart of the issue of abuse with so few words. Just enough to break your heart and make you want to scream with rage--all without graphic details.
Because I could hardly put it down.
Because of how Thalia weaves hope into such a devastating story.
If you haven't read it, you should!