July 25, 2012 by Heidi
Title: Chopsticks [Amazon|GoodReads]
Author: Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral [Website]
Standing: Stand alone novel.
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published: February 2nd, 2012 by Razorbill
Format: Paperback; 272 pages
Source: Finished copy provided by publisher via Anna Reads.
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge
After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song “Chopsticks.”
But nothing is what it seems, and Glory’s reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it’s up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along….
I made a Chopsticks Spotify playlist that you can listen to!
Likelihood that I’ll be back for more: I would love to read more books in this format. It was fresh, unique, and totally fun. The style and concept of the book, for me, was better than the story itself. I was interested, but not completely sold, and the ending had me so confused that it made me question my thoughts on the book as a whole.
Recommended for: I think that this format is so awesome for many teens, and I hope to see more books like it for readers of all ages. I feel like a lot of kids are turned off from reading because they find it difficult or intimidating. Chopsticks is the perfect book for kids who have trouble with dyslexia, are visual learners, and those who like a tactile and interactive experience. Because of the amount of musical and movie references, I would restrict my recommendations for this one to teens or older readers who enjoy the materials mentioned.
Real life repercussions of reading this book: I’m not sure I’ve ever been so confused by the ending of any book, ever. But I did discover a whole new format that is a great gateway read, and may appeal to readers who haven’t been turned on to graphic novels.