Published: February 2, 2012
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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 had no idea what to expect when I started this book. I knew there was going to be pictures, but I didn't know that there was going to be barely any text/ dialog. Surprisingly, that was my favorite part, how little the authors used words.
There'd be pictures of newspaper clippings about what was going on or letters between the two of them, but most of the emotion came from the photographs. It was seriously amazing how you could just look at an image and know what was happening. I never thought that seeing a picture of a door barely open and a sliver of light coming through would be so moving.
Chopsticks is a story of star-crossed lovers: Glory, a world renowned piano player and Frank the new boy from Argentina. The saying, 'a picture's worth a thousand words' definitely applies to this amazing book. Through the beauty of photography and only a few snippets of text, Chopsticks is a book full of raw emotion and the battles of young love.