Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Chopsticks

Title:  Chopsticks
Author:  Jessica Anthony
Illustrator:  Rodrigo Corral
Rating:  5/5


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....


The words we get in the summary above are more than the words we collectively get in this book.  The story is a mass of photographs, with snippets of words enough to show where the story-line is heading, but with enough gaps that you can fill in what you think is specifically happening.

Despite the fact that you get no direct dialogue between the characters, they seem to be more real than those of traditional books.

Recommended to someone looking for a quick, yet interesting, read; that won't take a lot of time.

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