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“Someday, you’re gonna wake up and realize the most important person isn’t Troy. It’s you.”
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.
Where to buy: White Chalk by Pavarti K Tyler
I don’t think I am the only one that is in shock after reading White Chalk. It was different, with a powerful message and it presented the hidden, cruel reality involving some of the teenagers out there.
Chelle Whitney is a 13 year old girl with a troubled life. Her father is most of the time drunk and her mother almost all the time at work trying to support the entire family. House chores including her father’s mess is always her job. Her parents are never there when she needs them and the few times they try to act like real parents they just seem to give up really fast.
Finally, he turned toward me. “You sure you aren’t going to get in trouble?”“Nah, they probably won’t even know I wasn’t home.”“Really? That’s kind of sad.”“Is it? The less they notice me, the less I have to deal with them. It’s better.”
At school she is bullied even though she tries to stay under the radar and she has just two friends: Morgan and Sebastian, but even so she feels alone. Until the day she meets Troy Christiansen.
He looked up only once and, by the smirk on his wide full lips, I knew I’d been caught staring. It didn’t really matter. I’d fallen instantly and obsessively in love, but not the kind of teenage drama crap you might expect. No, this was the real soul-wrenching kind of love. I’d never be the same again.
When she started hanging out with him, even I was fooled by his intentions. She was in love with him, but he soon got himself a girlfriend and just wanted to be friend with Chelle. The moment Xiu, his girlfriend entered in his life, he seemed to forget about Chelle, living her once again alone.
But besides her life at school and the one at home, she had another part very well hidden. Looking for love and attention she found it in the wrong place. I think that Mr. Harris was a substitute for both her father and Troy. With him she felt wanted and loved when everyone kept pushing her away, even her friends. It was wrong on so many levels and to be honest every scene that involved Mr. Harris was hard to read. When she was with him she was both naive and confident and I often forgot that she was only thirteen.
My favorite character was Cat. I can’t say I hated her in the beginning, but I felt nothing for her. She acted cold, not caring about a thing, always making fun of Chelle’s age. But the thing is, that in the end, she did not trust her mom, or Morgan, or Troy, she trusted Cat and she is the only one to whom she asked help. I think that is because Cat was the only one that treated her as an adult, as an equal and she did her best to help her without judging.
She called out, stopping me before I left. “Don’t try to be something you’re not for someone else. You’ll just end up hating him for it.”
The end was unexpected and heartbreaking. Chelle was a strong, intelligent and beautiful girl, but she never saw herself like that. She listened too much to what others said about her and in the end she felt unwanted and alone.
My place in the world didn’t need to be questioned. I was only as important as I made myself, and being important proved not always to be a good thing.
Overall I loved this book. I always enjoy a book that makes me feel, and White Chalk did a great job. It made me feel anger, disappointment and sadness.
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