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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 i...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Razorbill
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Steph Sinclair

I have a confession to make. I actually bought this book without reading any reviews. That is highly unusual for me because I rarely buy any books (I'm a library girl through and through) and when I do, it's under two circumstances: 1) I've read it before, loved it and would read it again or 2) It comes with the highest recommendations from my most trusted reviewing friends. Chopsticks is a bit of an enigma for me because out of all the books to choose from at Books-A-Million, I chose it simply...more
Ariel
Jan 26, 2014 Ariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Man, this was beautiful. Absolutely stunning. Comprised entirely of photographs, and very little text, it ws easy to fly through but it made me really focus and engage with the viewing experience: I had to really look at each picture and decide what I thought was going on.

The photographs we're completely wonderful and I know I'm going to flick through this book often just to peak at the pictures. The story, too, was fantastic: I always knew what was going on, and was interested in what was going...more
Becky
Whoa. I don't even know what happened in this unique scrapbook of a mystery. It reminded me a little bit of Black and White, a little bit of Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence, and a little bit of the movie Black Swan (not in the scary sense, just in the sense of "what the HECK is going on?"). Intriguing and unusual. Has anyone tried the app???

"Reading Chopsticks is like watching people kiss in the street: it's private, it's beautiful, it's lonely, it's wild, it's secret, it's...more
Mary Catherine
5 out of 5 stars on Ordinary People, Extraordinary Works

As a lover of books, I often find the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words” to be somewhat hard to swallow. After all, doesn’t a single page of words create works of art in one’s mind? Aren’t words in a novel merely the starting point of a single reader’s imagination? Imagine my surprise, then, when I read CHOPSTICKS by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, and fell in love with the minimal amount of words splashed across the pages an...more
Sebrina Parker
I've always love mixed media novels like Cathy's Book or Hugo that tell unique captivating stories through pictures and hidden clues. While Chopsticks excelled in the visual department, the story felt lacking. Truth be told though, the more I think about it after reading, the more sense it makes.
The main problem I think Chopsticks suffers from is that it takes for granted what can be inferred visually. This is a case where "a picture is worth a 1000 words" doesn't hold true. And that's pretty mu...more
Roy Gloeckl
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Beth


I wasn't expecting this book to be as mysterious and creepy as it was. It also took me a while to get the symbolism of Chopsticks: the notes F & G representing the main characters of Frank and Glory and Chopsticks is described as F & G notes starting off close together and moving farther apart.

The format of telling a story through pictures lends itself to great discussion on making inferences and predictions (with older readers of course) but the story itself just didn't feel believabl...more
Celina
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Jonathan
If you haven't read Chopsticks yet, I'd strongly recommend that you avoid reading this review, and also the back cover of the book. It's an excellent story, best experienced in the dark.


*** SPOILER ALERT ***


Chopsticks is the sound of being young and the feeling of being in love. If the songs of Alanis Morissette are intellectual intercourse, Chopsticks is visual intercourse. As intimate as a diary and as beautiful as a painting, this avant-garde novel is a story of love, loss, fame, and obsessio...more
Tatiana
Would have been better of the photographs didn't look so staged, which makes the whole book seem gimmicky.
Abi
This novel's story is told entirely through photographs, which hold the promise of secrets that will unlock the story at second glance. They demand to be returned to: scoured and compared and reveled in as you follow the story and then retrace your steps when the mysterious ending is revealed.

At the start, you learn that piano prodigy Gloria "Glory" Fleming has gone missing. Then, you are taken back to the beginning and shown in detail the 18 months prior to her disappearance.

Chopsticks is the...more
jo mo
glory is a piano prodigy. after her mother died, she retreated into her music. her father raised her with the goal of playing sold-out shows at carnegie hall and across the globe. brilliant and lonely, glory is drawn to frank, who moves in next door frank becomes glory’s connection to the world—and her escape from reality. before long, glory is unable to play anything but the song "chopsticks"; f and g notes moving closer together, and farther apart.

artsy people will probably find the aesthetics...more
Tessa
Mar 10, 2012 Tessa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: yyay
Unfortunately, this book is 95% gimmick - it's told through scrapbook style visuals: newspaper articles, photographs, artifacts of life, and some texting. We get the plot, but there's no story. How did Glory's dad get to be the way he is (an a-hole)? What's the basis of the relationship btwn Glory & Frank anyway (other than they are both teenage models)? Why is the rest home run by the guy who runs the boy's school that Frank briefly attends? The gimmick kept trying to tell me what their per...more
Karina Halle
Provides a lot of beauty and compelling mind-fuckery for such a quick read. Really inventive, really cool.
Lucy Clevenger
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Laura
I adore finding stories told in different methods and styles. The world would be pretty boring if every book had a straight up style of main character, plot and setting told in the same ‘ole format. Yawn, stretch, snore! Chopsticks is told in pictures, clippings, maps, scribbles, photos, postcards, and a dash of mystery.

Oh, how I wish I could say it held mystery, passion and magic. But, this could be my biggest disappointment so far this year. I was waiting for this one. Looking forward to the s...more
Anne
May 12, 2012 Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya-lit
The unique character and imaginative and moving story of Chopsticks made me fall in love with the novel. For this reason, I gave it five stars. Chopsticks message, find happiness, whatever the cost, pushed the envelope. The varied media and whimsical quality of blurry and shadowed photographs give the novel a dreamlike quality. Chopsticks would be a great tool to introduce younger readers to nonlinear modern fictions I give it five stars because of its experimental quality.

Chopsticks is a uniqu...more
Jessica-Robyn
Jun 07, 2012 Jessica-Robyn rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: sceptics and romantics, or better yet a sceptic romantic.
You have a story. How do you chose to tell it?

Chopsticks is the kind of book you read more then once in a single sitting, well technically not read per say, but the type of book you observe multiple times.

This book is about more then just words on a page, instead Chopsticks chooses to tell its deceptively layered story through images and emotions instead of just plain old text. These various photographs, letters, paintings, drawings, and mementos tell a chronicle of Gloria "Glory" Fleming, a y...more
Kate
In a story told mostly in photographs and photographed letters, notes, messages, drawings, and texts, we meet Glory, a talented pianist who has gone missing from a group home for musical prodigies suffering from exhaustion. Then we go back and see how a boy moves in next door, Frank, a talented artist who doesn't fit in at school because he has just moved from South America. Somehow they are perfect together although Glory's father doesn't approve. As her father tries to keep Glory and Frank apa...more
Mickie
**ATTENTION**
I can see from the other comments that hardly anyone GETS this book and even fewer actually TRY. That is a real shame. Think out side of the (mass market) box people. jeebus.

I will go on resisting the urge to comment on the clueless reviews (insert appropriate rage face here). on to my thots.

Veeerrry Eeenteresting....
I am still wondering what to make of this book. It reminds me a pinch of Black Swan and is best described as an cerebral puzzle book or an "ex post facto" choose your o...more
Paul  Hankins
CHOPSTICKS needs to be experienced. I cannot do it justice in the words I might try to offer here. What Jessica Anthony does with a simple composition is nothing short of master-class story telling that challenges what we think of when we talk about reading.

We'll be talking about CHOPSTICKS at the end of the year. Mr. Hankins coming out with an early prediction for CHOPSTICKS.
Jillyn
Feb 09, 2012 Jillyn rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: artists, nonreaders
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this through Goodreads First-Reads.

I have to say, this book was one of a kind. It's not one to be read, but one to be absorbed. In lieu of traditional text, this novel is made up of photographs, programs, song lists, IMs, and various other things; almost like a scrapbook. The pictures do well to tell the story.

Gloria had been raised by her single father since her mother's death and he trained and taught her the piano, at which she is a prodigy. He has dreams of her being famous,...more
Jen (A Book and a Latte)
Originally posted on A Book and a Latte:

3.5 stars. Chopsitcks is a novel where the written story is very much secondary to the format. I read this story via its iPhone app, which is such a unique way to experience a book! The story is told with pictures, notes, letters, music, instant messaging conversations, and YouTube videos laid out scrapbook style. The book app is interactive, but you can simply flip through the pages in order or randomly if you’d like. Or, you can do what I did, and slowly...more
Circus Princess
Have you ever wondered about the story that lies behind a single marriage certificate? An obituary? A seemingly nonsensical painting? Thought of what happened to that person and all of their adventures and mishaps that led to that one item? I have many many times. I walk by people in a store and wonder, What makes them smile? What makes them laugh? What are their hardships? What happened in their past?

Yes, I know I'm fucking weird. But this is the stuff that flies through my mind every second of...more
Sesana
Chopsticks is another version of the well-worn tale of star-crossed teen lovers. Or maybe it's not. It is definitely a story told entirely in photographs, objects, and handwritten notes. Reading it (viewing it?) is a process of piecing together a narrative from what's left behind. The story that is told is most compelling the second time around. The first read, it's really the unusual format that will draw some readers in. It's what caught my attention, after all.
Sandra
I won an ARC of Chopsticks through the Goodreads First Reads program (this did not affect my review) and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. When the package showed up today and I flipped through it, I was very surprised to see... no text. This is not a traditional novel at all. The story is told through photographs, art, as well as snippets of IM conversations between Glory and Frank. I was afraid the lack of text would lead to a lack of understanding the plot, but I was so, so wrong.

The sto...more
Wigs
Short little review:

I started to read this at Powell's in Oregon and couldn't finish it in time for when I had to go to the airport, but when I got home I actually just drove to Barnes and Noble solely to finish it. Good on you little book, for being intriguing enough to make me drive to B&N just to see how you ended.

Chopsticks is a photography book that you will find in the Young Adult section, and you can finish it in under an hour. The premise, as you will find from the article on the ope...more
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
You've seen this book around and I'm sure you've read plenty of reviews. I'll say the same thing, and a bit more, as everyone else. By the look of this cover, you know this is a love story between two young people. If you want to analyze the cover art a little further, you may get a "rich girl vs wrong side of the tracks" vibe. You would be somewhat correct.

This book is totally different than anything you have ever read. The story starts out when Glory goes missing. It is easy to assume that by...more
Bianca
This book was an unconventional graphic novel. It told the story of Glory and Frank, two seventeen-year-olds who shared an not-so-usual connection. Glory is a piano prodigy who is so good at piano that she is able to blend different musical pieces into one complete performance, and she toured various countries, wowing people with her musical talent. Frank is an Argentinian boy who moved to the United States in order to live with his father. He enrolls at a prestigious school for boys in New York...more
Hannah Janel
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Anthony’s short stories can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, New American Writing and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her books have been published in a dozen countries and reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Wall...more
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