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Chelle isn’t a typical 13-year-old girl—she doesn’t laugh with friends, play sports, or hang out at the mall after school. Instead, she navigates a world well beyond her years.
Life in Dawson, ND spins on as she grasps at people, pleading for someone to save her—to return her to the simple childhood of unicorns on her bedroom wall and stories on her father’s knee.
When Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle is desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. After experiencing a tragedy at school, her world begins to crack, causing a deeper scar in her already fragile psyche.
Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.
Review by Venture
Chelle is a young girl starting her Freshman year of high school. She barely turns fourteen in the book. She sees the new boy, Troy and feels he was there for her. He seems to gravitate to her too. Her dad is an alcoholic and her mom works herself to death to support them. She feels ignored and unloved. The attention from Troy, a teacher who is nice to her, and her one friend, Morgan is all she has. Morgan and her drift apart because she realizes that she is tired of being in the background. Troy at least listens to her but he falls in love with another girl which makes things harder on Chelle. Chelle is a sad girl who was given a bad hand of cards and has no self esteem. This is a sad commentary on young girls trying to be grown way before they need to be.
The story isn’t a book I would usually pick to read. I started reading this story about Chelle. It was like watching a train wreck happening. It was very well written but the horror of the story I couldn’t stop reading. The author wrote a great story about a girl who is messed up in so many ways. A young girl with no self esteem, a penchant for hurting herself, and has a horrible home life. She falls for the new boy named Troy who isn’t a bad guy but he makes her want to be older to get his attention. She tries to find herself by looking for affection in every place. It is horrifying. As the mother of teenagers, I feel bad that she feels such horrible pain and tries to find herself in anyone who pays attention to her. Watching the story continue I was completely horrified by the downward spiral. The author wrote a great book. I’m sure this book would be a classic. It isn’t a book I’d pick for a night of light reading. It is an emotional ride that made me want to hug my kids and pray that my kids never feel even a sliver of her pain. I wanted her to realize that no matter where her life started she has tons of options to over come it all.
Venture rates it 3.5 books!
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About the Author
Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters and one very large, very terrible dog. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity and penning her next genre bending novel.
White Chalk (Evolved Publishing) marks Tyler’s third full length novel and promises readers familiar with her work the same mind bending experience. Her other projects include: Shadow on the Wall (Fighting Monkey Press) and Two Moons of Sera (Fighting Monkey Press). Shadow on the Wall has been received many awards: Winner of the General Fiction/Novel Category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Winner in the Fiction: Multicultural category for The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, and Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction category for the 2012 International Book Awards.
White Chalk has been hailed as “brave”, “raw”, and “destroyingly beautiful”. In line with novels such as White Oleander, Thirteen Reasons Why and Gemma, White Chalk invites you to witness one girl’s heartrending story of confusion and desperation.