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Praised as a modern and edgier Lolita meets The Catcher in the Rye, award-winning White Chalkis the eye-opening realistic look into the minds and actions of adolescents. Far from sugar-coated and rose-colored, this novel captures the raw, dark side of growing up.

Hardened, awkward, and self-deprecating, Chelle Whitney wouldn’t know a fairytale if it swooped down and saved her from a burning tower. She has spent her life hurting from the choices she’s made, the scars she’s created, and the bruises that identify her.

She’s one of the unlucky ones whose life is made up of demons that haunt her adolescence and threaten her adulthood.

Chelle grasps desperately at whoever can rescue her from herself and her pain. Reaching for comfort from her best friend, who’s outgrown her, and gripping naively to a teacher who takes entirely too much interest in her, she longs for someone who understands her. So when Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle believes he could be the white knight who will finally save her.

Her salvation.

But can Chelle find salvation on her own terms, digging herself out of the Hell her life has created? Or will she forever be a victim of her circumstances, never breaking free of the restraints that define her?

  • 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.

    J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews

Literary Fiction by PK Tyler

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