White Chalk by Pavarti K. Tyler ~ Review

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Title:  White Chalk
Author:  Pavarti K. Tyler
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Publisher:  Evolved Publishing 
Pages:  272
ISBN:  978-1622532988
Source:  Author
Genre:  Literary Fiction, Transgressive
Stars: 5
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About the Book:

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.

Book Review: 

Meet Chelle, thirteen going on forty, and a hard-lived forty at that. Pavarti K. Tyler has created a story with a young protagonist that holds zero relationship to the life we would hope for any young teenaged girl. This is not a book that will leave you smiling, or that is an easy read: it will challenge you, bring you to tears and anger, and have you wanting to save Chelle from her situation and herself.

Beautifully crafted prose brings Chelle to fruition: but this is no simple free-form diary entry from a young girl, her depression, her need to be seen and unseen, her willingness to barter herself for those few moments of power in a world where she is powerless are as raw and complex as they are beautifully simple to understand. Desperation and depression are weights that weave through the story, grounding Chelle in her merry-go-round of ignoring and moving, if not always forward.

With a talent for storytelling that I have come to love, Tyler has done it again in this piece of transgressive fiction: a glimpse into a life of turmoil that feeds our thoughts with compassion and information, and perhaps changes an outlook or two. Emotionally loaded, this story will have you angry and teary in alternating pages, and while you can be thankful that Chelle is the product of a talented writer, you can’t help but realize that her story is not a singular one: others have lived or are living her life experiences as you read. This book is one of my top books of 2013, if not my absolute favorite for its characters, style, storyline and impact.

I received an eArc copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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 Publicityand penning her next genre bending novel.

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