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Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
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bookshelves: abuse, novel-in-verse

This novel in verse might seem thick, yes, it's thick with pages but also with a coming-of-age richness like Speak or How To Build A House. Anke is the "invisible" child who isn't abused by her father like her brother and sexually abused by her father like her sister.

Anke likens herself to furniture in the house, but because she isn't the target, she's able to secretly pursue her enjoyment in volleyball, friendship, and the attentions of a boy. Until, like Melinda in Speak, she finds her voice and speaks up against her father (who tried to rape her frenemy as well) and suffered a broken leg at the hands of her father to prove it. To Anke, it was worth it because her mother finally awakened, kicked him out, he was arrested, and her family can now breathe.

Wonderful and easy to read with the verse.
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