Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Won from Kate at Ex Libris
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: February 2, 2012
Pages: 272
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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.


  1. I haven't heard much about this one, but it sounds well done. Thanks for introducing me.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Ooh, Raw emotion. o_O I might like this one! And pictures as a book does sound kind of odd-- maybe it'll spark something new in the blogosphere, though. Fab review, Katie!

    Megan@The Book Babe

  3. This definitely sounds like a great book. Very interesting concept.

  4. Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I loved how few words there were.

  5. I adored this book too, it was incredible how they managed to put some much across with so little wording! :)

  6. Agreed it was amazing how they hardly said anything but you knew what was going on the whole time. Definitely a good one!