Rating: 4 stars
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….
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral was such a fun, neat book. It was a really fast read, and frankly was just cool.
Chopsticks is a picture book, with words on some of the pages to lead you along in the story. I loved being able to see their story, in addition to just read it. It gives you a lot of background that normal books don’t necessarily always give you. There were some really cool pictures, and most of the pages with pictures of Glory and Frank were just adorable.
The plot was really intriguing, though I was left unsure of a few things. I never quite understood how Glory and Frank’s relationship started, which made me not connect completely with that aspect of the story. I thought there was a lot with Glory that made it really easy to connect with her.
This was a really fun break from typical reading, and fun venture into a new type of book. I would definitely read more from this dynamic duo!