Praised as a modern and edgier Lolita meets The Catcher in the Rye, award-winning White Chalk is 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.
[Literary, Women's Fiction, Coming-of-Age, Social & Family Issues]
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.
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?
WHITE CHALK by P.K. Tyler
Evolved Publishing presents an intimate glance inside teenage angst and confusion, and one troubled girl's attempt to make sense of life.
Books by P.K. Tyler:
- The Jakkattu Vector (Jakkattu - 1)
- Avendui 5ive (Jakkattu Short - 1)
- Twin Helix (Jakkattu Short - 2)
- Two Moons of Sera
- Moon Dust - A Short Story
- White Chalk
More Great Literary Fiction from Evolved Publishing:
- Cassia by Lanette Kauten
- Yours to Keep or Throw Aside by E.D. Martin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First of all, I want to add a little warning. This is not a romance. It is also very controversial and won’t be for everyone. It is about a troubled minor. She speaks harshly and does some very rough stuff. There is underage drinking, partying and sex. Also sex with a grown up and a minor. Now having said all of this I loved this story. It is deep, dark, angsty and sad. Chelle is a very troubled young girl. Her parents really needed a kick in the seat for not paying attention to her more. My heart went out to her but man, did I want to spank her butt a lot! I think it does go to show how we often overlook young people’s feelings. Troy is an older boy that Chelle fell for instantly. They develop a friendship, but I think Troy being young himself doesn’t quite see how Chelle feels about him. This is a very deep and dark story but very well written. I applaud the author for telling such a serious poignant story. If you like dark, angsty stories that do not have happy endings and deal with some touchy subjects this is for you.
I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed it but not as much as I had hoped. I cannot whole heartedly promise you will enjoy this book but at the same time I will not say you will hate it! I was able to enjoy it enough to get through it so that says something. Once I get bored I cannot finish reading it. I was certainly not bored; it just wasn’t the book for me. I do think you should give it a chance, as everyone’s taste and interests are different. For me I will give this book a 3.5.
White Chalk by Pavarti K Tyler was a chilling and haunting story about a young teen-ager in far different circumstances than mine at that age. Chelle was a loner. Her mother was always working; her father was an alcoholic. Her pain was released by cutting. She wasn't close to anyone at school except her friend Morgan and even that friendship diminished with the arrival of Troy Christiansen. She was immediately drawn to him; they had enough in common to become best friends. As is usually the case a male and a female cannot keep it strictly platonic. One or the other feels more in the relationship than the other, and heartache results. Teen age angst, low self esteem and a feeling of being less than important to anyone contributes even more pain for our protagonist. Ms Tyler's characters were so real and the plight of Chelle was heart breaking as she sought acceptance and love amongst her peers and the adults who influenced her decisions. Her many meetings with the vice principal at her school, left the reader feeling helpless and defeated....Her screams for help were unnoticed and unanswered, because she could not determine how to voice her real need. This is a heavy read, but the writing is smooth and flows smoothly. The story is so interesting and as the reader, I sought for Chelle's happy ever after ending that never came. The theme of the book is one that needs attention. I think every parent could benefit from reading this book if for no other reason than to be able to recognize some of the issues with teens and how to recognize when their kids may be in trouble. Yes, we get busy with our lives and we each have our own demons to deal with, but the fact that we provide in depth care for our newborns and toddlers should not end when they grow into adolescence. We need to be there for them just as much during those very difficult years. This book made me think and I do not think the heaviness will lift any too soon.
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.