Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Published by Razorbill on February 2, 2012
Genres: Love, Romance, Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Pages: 272 : Paperback edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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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 picked this up on a whim when I was at the library because I had seen it before in a few people’s hauls and I wanted to see if it was any good. And oh my goodness it was amazing! This is one of those novels that interweaves more pictures than text but you still get a really touching and moving story.
I was blown away by how such a format of book could move me and in such a short amount of time. Truly a wonderful and fantastic piece of work is contained between these covers. The few text that is there is so powerful, and the illustrations themselves are so eye catching and pleasing.
I loved this book to say the least and it took me about a half hour to finish. I won’t be purchasing this one though because I don’t feel it’s worth it, but definitely something I recommend people checking out for themselves! (And of course here’s something to listen to while you’re reading the book)