Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin
Glory, a young piano prodigy, quickly falls in love with Frank when he moves in next door to the home she shares with her father. But their love develops into something more serious, even desperate, as Glory’s eccentricities and quirks slowly turn into madness. She becomes obsessed with the song “Chopsticks.” Will their love survive Glory’s ever-worsening instability?
Chopsticks is told in a very interesting and unique way. It is a story told mostly in pictures, drawings, text messages, and even YouTube videos. Even with this nontraditional format, it’s very clear how quickly and deeply Glory and Frank fall in love, and their feelings for one another come across just as loudly as if the words were explicitly written.
I enjoyed experiencing Chopsticks – the unique format captivated me and I couldn’t put it down. Since there’s not a lot here to actually read, the book is a quick read and I easily got lost in the story and finished it in one sitting.
The thing is, though, that there’s a pretty big twist in the story. I tell you that because, even though I knew to expect it, I still missed it. Pay attention – things are not exactly what they seem here and if you figure it out, you will be blown away by the end. But seriously – pay attention or you won’t get it!
Chopsticks is a highly enjoyable “reading” experience that is truly more than meets the eye. I would definitely recommend this one.