Chelle isn’t what most people consider 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. 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. More
Evolved Publishing presents an intimate glance inside teenage angst and confusion, and one talented but troubled girl's attempt to make sense of life, in the coming-of-age tale, "White Chalk," by award-winning author Pavarti K. Tyler. [Literary, New Adult, Women's Fiction]
Chelle isn’t what most people consider 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.
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"There is nothing improbable about 'White Chalk,' a story of a teenager whose family was down on its luck before the recession hit and whose ability to pay attention to their daughter is as meager as their finances. Chelle, smarter, prettier, quicker witted, and more engaging than she has a clue, is alone in a world stacked against her. Her solution is to change herself to find love, or at least diminish her loneliness, as she says, “I reflected back the light shining on me, empty but for the image of another.” We root for Chelle in spite of her bad choices, and bad luck rapidly turning pages so eager for her to solve her problems.
"Pavarti K. Tyler has taken a brave position; this gripping novel breaks every rule and escapes customary boundaries. It is genre-less and difficult to pigeonhole. Is it a coming of age story? Young adult? New spin on crazy teenage romance? Psychological horror? Cautionary tale? No label, other than literary fiction, exactly fits. Yet Tyler’s eye for what happens to many of our teenagers, and the psychological burdens of growing up too fast, too ignored, too alone, too poor are spot on and insightful." ~ Ann Pearlman, Pulitzer Prize Nominee and Author of "The Christmas Cookie Club."
"Tyler combines shades of 'Lolita' and 'Catcher in the Rye' in a completely new way, drawing you in with poignant characterizations. 'White Chalk' goes deep into teenage angst with understanding and clarity. Savor, share, and use this poignant book as a primer on the brutal effects of abuse, neglect, and self-esteem." ~ Rachel Thompson, Award-Winning Author of "Broken Pieces"