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White Chalk Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00DTNV7B6
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 2 edition (7 July 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 3580 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
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Chelle’s life has a glimmer of hope when she notices newcomer Troy Christiansen at her high school. Will Troy be the answer she is looking for? Can he be her Mr. Right and save her from her mundane life? Or is she pinning all of her hopes on one person?
As an adult reader this novel truly takes you back to the harsh reality of how it once felt at times to be a teenager, constantly feeling unsure of where you belong, searching for your own identity and confidence as well as hoping for Mr. Right to turn up.
White Chalk is certainly a very dark side of teenagehood. Chelle is at the point in her life where she longs to be needed and wanted both physically and emotionally and, because of these reasons, there are moments when the reader feels that she would give herself freely to anyone that wanted her – with the exception of Sebastian who appears to be a nice lad who is genuinely interested in her!
As Chelle’s life has been spiralling downward for a while, it isn’t too much of a surprise when the reader is made aware of her regular extra-curricular activities with Mr. Harris! I am no expert by all means, however I believe that due to the lack of attention her parents provide as well as not ‘fitting in’ at school, it is the desperation of wanting to be wanted, someone to pay attention and treat her with some form of affection that leads Chelle down this dark and seedy path. Of course at her young age she feels that at least someone wants her. This novel is certainly not for the faint hearted or for anyone looking for too much fun. However, the drama and psychological element of White Chalk pulls you in to where Chelle is at and you cannot ignore her. You have to keep on reading!!
Developing gradually throughout the story, Chelle finds friendship in Cat. Cat is older than Chelle, has her own apartment and works in a music store. Cat certainly grows on the reader as she looks out for Chelle and becomes the only person that Chelle can confide in. She does provide comfort and support for Chelle and despite the initial reaction to Cat she really is a likeable character.
White Chalk has a dark and twisting path from beginning to end and is certainly a novel you will not forget in a hurry. It hangs over you, gripping you, without any solution as to how to help Chelle – apart from hoping that Troy will pull through for her. He notices Chelle, he takes care of her and throughout the novel the reader begins to pin all of their hopes in him too!
A copy of White Chalk was provided by Amina Black (blog tour host) for the purpose of an honest and fair review.
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The novel explores the quiet horror of Chelle’s home life, the faux nonchalance of a child unable to focus on school and who self-harms, how teens can be manipulated but manipulate too, how vulnerable they are and how strong, how adventurous but still in need of protection. I found the teacher/pupil scenes were hard to read. I wanted to turn away from the ugliness of it, the crushed innocence, but that is precisely the point. There is no white-washing paedophilia, the betrayal of the teacher's profession. The author hit the emotional beats perfectly: the sexualised innocence of it all on one hand; the depravity on the other.
P.K. Tyler has written this story in the first person, and it’s a clever choice. The result is immersion in Chelle’s point of view. She can’t escape the immediacy of her problems, and neither can the reader. White Chalk has a stellar cast of characters and it is not without hope. Any number of allies come into Chelle’s life and she has some moments of real friendship, but these individuals are all as flawed as she is. As we all are. It is a brave novel of finely-tuned balance on a difficult, ambitious theme. I found it to be full of truth and like all the best novels, it will stay with me.
Chelle is the main character, a 13 year old adolescence girl. I know what her home life felt like, because I went through similar. My mom was always working and I had a step dad that rarely work but spent his waking hours getting drunk. As a male, my story is quite different than hers but this book makes me emotional and heart-sick, especially with the shared experiences.
As you can probably guess, this book was a difficult read, not because it was poorly written. That is far from the truth. This book was so well written and the emotions, angst, depression, need for love, and the despair, in my opinion cannot aspire to better prose. I wanted to be an adult that recognize what Chelle was going through, not a betrayer like her teacher, I wanted to be her saving angel, to see her and assure her of her worth, and love her as a parent should.
I wondered multiple times if the author went through the same, or was close to someone who did. This is a fictional account of true experiences that might be more common that people suspect. This was a difficult book, and I highly recommend it for parents of teens, even preteens.
First of all, it was hard for me to put into words what I thought of this book. I can normally come up with my thoughts within an hour after finishing the book. I finished it 36 hours ago, and it's still difficult. This is not as easy book to read. I had to shut it many times. One page took me two hours to read. Not because it is bad, because it is an exceptional book. It was the content. There are things in this book that I wish I was warned about before starting. I figured it out pretty quickly - puked within the first 10% of the story. And again a little more than halfway into it.
I was drawn to the main character, Chelle, for a number of reasons. Not all of which I feel comfortable listing in a public review. She felt so real, and my heart ached for her as I read this story. I have seen similar things happen, and that is one big reason why I applaud this book.
Abuse is real. It happens every day, all over the world. Whether it is bullying, neglect, sexual, or otherwise - it is happening everywhere around you. And to all sorts of people. Closing your eyes and ignoring it won't make it go away. White Chalk took things many people are overlooking, and showed the consequences.
I do highly recommend this book, but with a warning. The content it rough and it will hurt.
Trigger Warning: some of the content in this book may trigger severe reactions from people who have suffered abuse.