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Chalk Houses

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Everyone has a secret Now Secret is talkingTalon Alvarado has one goal to be nothing like her mother who’s blown it in about every way But sometimes you focus so hard on what you don’t want that you find yourself careening toward it Bombarded wit. Chalk Houses is an exploration and evolution of the secrets we keep and the havoc they can wreak despite the purest of intentions Full of authentic characters achingly real situations and painful truths Chalk Houses will make you uestion your assumptions and look beneath the masks we wearI always love Tracy Clark’s books I’ve read every release This is no exception Chalk Houses is a change from Clark’s typical subject matter but as engaging and raw as her other reads Read here

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H history hurts and secrets Talon is struggling to be the person she yearns to be and to live a bigger life than girls like her are supposed to wish for To climb out she must dig for strength in the most unlikely place; the rubble of her bruised hear. Unusual and gripping storyFor any young girl who has felt alone and abused either physically or emotionally this book is a revelation Ms Clark's heroine struggles to change the course of her life fearful of making the same mistakes her mother did It's a journey of discovery as she learns the truth about her mother and herself I couldn't put it down

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T The misty presence of Secret reveals its role in Talon’s life showing how the secrets we keep tell our stories Chalk Houses is a gritty achingly hopeful story about love being in the places you forgot to look and about starting over Even at the e. Chalk houses by Tracy Clark tells the story of Talon who lives with her single mother that always seems to have a new boyfriend drinks and is involved with drugs The story begins on Talon’s sixteenth birthday and her mother doesn’t even remember what day it is Talon’s goals are to educate herself and receive a degree in psychology and child development so she will be euipped to help neglected children and never be like her mother She begins receiving emails from Aunt T who supposedly wants to get to know Talon They create a circle journal of communication with their emails Talon has one true friend Karalyn who always gives Talon moral support Gabby Talon’s younger next door neighbor that lives with an aunt and uncle and is pretty much neglected by them is under Talon’s wing of protection Talon spreads out and tests relationship waters with others as she expands her social circle She makes some dumb decisions and struggles with the conseuences and in the meantime she discovers much about her mother than she could have ever guessed at before Chalk Houses is a coming of age coming into your own work of literary art with its beautiful dynamic characters and other characters that are horrific in their actions The story comes full circle and is a real tear jerker full of disappointment hurt and hope 5 heart expanding stars The Killing Of Katie Steelstock presence of Secret reveals its role in Talon’s life showing how the secrets we keep tell our stories Chalk Houses is a gritty achingly hopeful story about love being in the Birthday places you forgot to look and about starting over Even at the e. Chalk houses by Tracy Clark tells the story of Talon who lives with her single mother that always seems to have a new boyfriend drinks and is involved with drugs The story begins on Talon’s sixteenth birthday and her mother doesn’t even remember what day it is Talon’s goals are to educate herself and receive a degree in Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything psychology and child development so she will be euipped to help neglected children and never be like her mother She begins receiving emails from Aunt T who supposedly wants to get to know Talon They create a circle journal of communication with their emails Talon has one true friend Karalyn who always gives Talon moral support Gabby Talon’s younger next door neighbor that lives with an aunt and uncle and is Discordia pretty much neglected by them is under Talon’s wing of Stage Mum protection Talon spreads out and tests relationship waters with others as she expands her social circle She makes some dumb decisions and struggles with the conseuences and in the meantime she discovers much about her mother than she could have ever guessed at before Chalk Houses is a coming of age coming into your own work of literary art with its beautiful dynamic characters and other characters that are horrific in their actions The story comes full circle and is a real tear jerker full of disappointment hurt and hope 5 heart expanding stars


10 thoughts on “Chalk Houses

  1. says:

    Talon has a secret growing up she has never felt that she had a mother and that she has had to become the parent as her mother forgets important things like school lunches dinner and even when her birthday is Now at sixteen Talon can't wait to leave home as she enters into a creative writing competition using her absent mother and life at home as the basis for her essays Her way of getting out all the pain is to write it down During the book Talon also starts to receive emails from her Aunty T and starts to learn about her mother's family as every time she tries to ask about her mother's past and where she came from she gets shot down Also living next door in a similar situation is Gabby who is seven years old Gabby is living with relatives but of course they abuse and neglect her too Throughout the story at times I wondered whether Talon had made up Gabby and that it was her projection of what her life had been like However near the end we discover Gabby is in fact real as real as you and me Chalk Houses was an emotional read and some of it brought tears to my eyes especially the child neglect of Gabby I guess for me in another life; I might have gone into the field of Social Work and working with children as that is one of my passions about reaching and loving those children that need it I did love the way that Chalk Houses ended and it shows readers that every kind gesture can make a difference in a child's life


  2. says:

    Chalk Houses is an exploration and evolution of the secrets we keep and the havoc they can wreak despite the purest of intentions Full of authentic characters achingly real situations and painful truths Chalk Houses will make you uestion your assumptions and look beneath the masks we wearI always love Tracy Clark’s books I’ve read every release This is no exception Chalk Houses is a change from Clark’s typical subject matter but as engaging and raw as her other reads Read here


  3. says:

    I was loving this book SO much But then at 7% to end it I just had to put it down It seemed like the author didn't know if she wanted to reedem the characters or condem them to give them a happy ending or a sad one make them be together or have them hate each other be heroes or losers so she mixed everything stirred and served and inedible pupurri that for me destroyed everything A real pity


  4. says:

    Wow so I loved this book It's compelling and deep and Talon is a great main character so relatable but also flawedClark's writing is beautiful and the images are so evocative I especially loved the small sections narrated by Secret throughout and the almost philosophical touch this added in placesIt's uite a dark story too and at times it was hard to read But the issues covered are important and Clark addresses them in a powerful way I loved how Gabby was almost a mirror version of Talon and how their sister like relationship became one of the strongest themes in the book even over riding the romantic aspect That's something I haven't seen many contemporary YA books do and it felt really refreshing


  5. says:

    Beautifully written that will leave readers teary eyed and an eye opener also to the effects of neglect to a child


  6. says:

    Unusual and gripping storyFor any young girl who has felt alone and abused either physically or emotionally this book is a revelation Ms Clark's heroine struggles to change the course of her life fearful of making the same mistakes her mother did It's a journey of discovery as she learns the truth about her mother and herself I couldn't put it down


  7. says:

    Disclaimer I was given an ARC of Chalk Houses for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest unbiased review This ARC was given to me back in 2017 I didn't get around to reading it until 2020Book CWs child abuse child pornography drugs alcohol overdose sexual assault molestation rape teen pregnancy miscarriage deathSo heavy sighThis story covers a lot of important topics Dark topics but important nonethelessThat being said Chalk Houses was a hot mess of a story Everything that could go wrong for these characters did And there was no tying all of those storylines together in a big beautiful bow either There were so many plot twistsIt was all too much I couldn't go on But I'd committed to reviewing this whirlwind of an ARC I could make it past 93% I could do it And I didThe main characters of Chalk Houses are Talon and Secret the latter being an intangible essence that looms over the story Talon's best friend is a hypochondriac or at least that's what the main character kept telling us Hit a little bit too close to home considering the bulk of my childhood included a bunch of people telling me my symptoms weren't real I'm chronically illTalon had a lot of angst and for good reason She was neglected by her single mother who was always bringing sketchy men home when her mom came home at all As a result Talon had a lot of childhood trauma to work through Her own boyfriend didn't help matters much except to provide a distraction from her home life An unhealthy distraction but stillThroughout the story Talon finds herself taking care of her younger next door neighbor who was dealing with childhood trauma of her own We never really learn the extent of her situation but we're given enough hints to put the incredibly disturbing pieces together ourselves I really liked their dynamic It was a nice contrast to Talon's rocky relationship with her motherThere's far to this story but I'll leave it for you to discover should you decide to read Chalk Houses for yourselfDo I recommend this book? Not reallyThe ending didn't sit right Talon was way too nonchalant about Well a few things but again spoilers The writing style itself was fantastic but the execution of the actual plot left something to be desired


  8. says:

    Read this review and on my blog at Roxie Writes'Chalk Houses' by Tracy Clark⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 55Finished on February 11 2017Read with Kindle Unlimited SubscriptionFREE on Kindle Unlimited | 299 on KindleBOOK DESCRIPTIONTalon Alvarado is sixteen years old and she has a single goal to be nothing like her mother Raised by her single mother who's blown it in every way possible by bringing in deadbeat boyfriend after deadbeat boyfriend preferring drinking and drugs to providing for her child and never being there emotionally for Talon in the way she's needed Talon has raised herself Despite it she's strived to make something for herself a life beyond the one she's been given An essay contest at school gives her the chance to work toward college Talon has written her whole life to escape It's the perfect opportunity and the topic is family She's got a lot to say Through her essays and through a mysterious email connection recently made with her Aunt T a woman she's never met but desperately wants to know Talon learns a lot about herself her mother their secrets and love and forgivenessMY REVIEWI read this book as part of my #yearofindiewomenCOVER ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 55I love this cover It's perfect for the genre and it's fitting for the novel The colors are eye catching and the body language makes you wonder what exactly this book might be aboutCHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 55Talon goes through it in this book y'all If you've read my reviews before or my books you know I love strong girls and Talon is the very definition of a strong girl but she's not infallible She learns many many lessons in this story and she learns them the hard way She makes many mistakes all because she wants so very badly to be loved Tracy Clark does a phenomenal job depicting a child who has spent her whole life being alone putting up walls to protect herself but whose same walls immediately crumble as soon as someone usually a boy show her the slightest bit of affection Someone who knows what to do to do better but who still manages to stumble because they want so badly to be loved and accepted by anyone at allAt the same time Talon is stronger than she should be for sixteen The way she writes is beautiful and poignant and heartbreaking And she protects little Gabby with a fierceness that she wishes someone had given her When everything crumbles around her she doesn't crumble with it she stands tall and unwavering like an old oak tree I actually saw myself a lot in Talon; it's no wonder it moved me as much as it didTalon's mother Lisa too is uite the character You start off this novel with a bad taste in your mouth regarding her because what sort of mother treats their child the way Talon has been treated but as the story progresses a new picture is paintedLittle Gabby breaks your heart and Karalyn is the best friend we all had or wished we had at that age Every character in this novel is real and aliveAnd we can't forget perhaps the most important character of all Secret The personification of such a thing was a cool addition to this book It added something special to this story that I really really enjoyedWRITING STYLE ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 55I loved the style of this book The mixture of poetry Talon's essays the emails between Talon and Aunt T the added POV from Secret and the intertwining stories made for a truly uniue and beautiful story It was an utter pleasure to read I did not expect such a book when I downloaded this I don't know what I expected but it wasn't this It was not complicated or confusing to read in the slightest It flowed seamlessly together into a perfect literary amalgamationOVERALL PLOT ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 55I cried several times reading thisAs always I won't spoil anything but one of the characters reveals a secret if you haven't picked up on this yet a major theme of this novel revolves around how heavy secrets can be that hit extremely close to home for me One that I don't often if ever see written about in fiction There were clues leading up to it but I hadn't picked up on them because of how infreuent this topic is written about so when it was revealed it took me completely by surprise It literally took my breath away and I burst into tears If I had read this as a young adult the target audience it would have been life altering for me Even as an adult woman it still shook me That's the power of seeing yourself in literatureI also saw myself in Talon a great deal Not in the way she grew up; I didn't have a traumatic childhood in that way but in her resilience and strengthThis is such a powerful novel with powerful themes and characters What happens to Gabby and Talon is bleak and harsh but they overcome That's important It's a story of hope and love and forgiveness It's a survival story Those are my favorite kinds of stories I loved this book Absolutely loved it I would reread it again and again and that has to say something because there's only maybe three other books I'd do that with in the worldEven if you don't normally read this genre pick it up Or give it to someone who does


  9. says:

    Chalk houses by Tracy Clark tells the story of Talon who lives with her single mother that always seems to have a new boyfriend drinks and is involved with drugs The story begins on Talon’s sixteenth birthday and her mother doesn’t even remember what day it is Talon’s goals are to educate herself and receive a degree in psychology and child development so she will be euipped to help neglected children and never be like her mother She begins receiving emails from Aunt T who supposedly wants to get to know Talon They create a circle journal of communication with their emails Talon has one true friend Karalyn who always gives Talon moral support Gabby Talon’s younger next door neighbor that lives with an aunt and uncle and is pretty much neglected by them is under Talon’s wing of protection Talon spreads out and tests relationship waters with others as she expands her social circle She makes some dumb decisions and struggles with the conseuences and in the meantime she discovers much about her mother than she could have ever guessed at before Chalk Houses is a coming of age coming into your own work of literary art with its beautiful dynamic characters and other characters that are horrific in their actions The story comes full circle and is a real tear jerker full of disappointment hurt and hope 5 heart expanding stars


  10. says:

    Wow so I loved this book It's compelling and deep and Talon is a great main character so relatable but also flawedClark's writing is beautiful and the images are so evocative I especially loved the small sections narrated by Secret throughout and the almost philosophical touch this added in placesIt's uite a dark story too and at times it was hard to read But the issues covered are important and Clark addresses them in a powerful way I loved how Gabby was almost a mirror version of Talon and how their sister like relationship became one of the strongest themes in the book even over riding the romantic aspect That's something I haven't seen many contemporary YA books do and it felt really refreshing


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