Saturday, February 4, 2012

Book Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

Title: Chopsticks
Author: Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Razorbill
ARC, 272 pages
Date Published: February 2, 2012
Source: NEIBA
Description (Taken from Goodreads):  Glory is a young piano prodigy. Frank is the boy who moves in next door. Over the years, their friendship blossoms into an undeniable romance. As Glory descends from stunning piano prodigy into a kind of madness, Frank's love becomes more and more unshakable. They both become hopelessly fixated on the song "Chopsticks".
Part love story, part mystery, part visual collage, this novel is told through images as much as it's told through words. Ultimately the reader must decipher what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.

Richly imagined by author Jessica Anthony and hauntingly designed by Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks will rivet teens and adults alike on numerous platforms, including a gorgeous book and paid app for the iPhone and iPad, with many additional features.


Chopsticks is an innovative story that intrigues the reader with both its words and its photos. The tale of two teens in love unfolds with little preamble and even fewer words. It’s told through notes, through photographs, text messages, letters, and little trinkets from Glory and Frank’s life.

Yet none of it is quite what it seems. These images and messages give the reader a very intimate peek into these two people, but also an incomplete one. We see only bits and pieces of them and of their relationship and as it all unfolds, some things don’t add up.

Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral have tackled a rarely utilized medium and done so splendidly. Together, their words and images tell a story that is heartfelt and complex. It’s a fast ‘read,’ but one that needs a second glance because the ending is so far from where it started, that I needed to get through all the middle again to see it in a different light.

Readers should enthusiastically embrace this new medium for books, as it offers a different side to a story. I can’t say much, plotwise, without giving away huge details, so I’ll say this: pick up Chopsticks. You won’t regret it. And if you feel like you do, this will still make a killer coffee table book. Once anyone picks it up, it’s impossible to put down – each image is a puzzle piece and once you get the outline, you have to figure the rest out.
*This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it. 
 
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3 comments:

Krista said...

I have heard of this book, but I didn't know it was written so differently. I think it would be cool reading a book in an entirely unique format. Except poetry, actually, I'm so not a poetry person :) It sounds really interesting and I'm glad you liked it, Nikki! Great review!!

Krista - Nawanda Files

Lori said...

Eep! I forgot this was coming out this month! I'm going to have to order it asap! Especially since you liked it. :)

Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : ) said...

I was going to try and reciew this one.....but I think I'll just point to you and say - what she said.

Still have no clue what really happened!

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