This was the first graphic novel I've read that gave a realistic account of what goes through the mind of a middle schooler. I want to applaud Raina fThis was the first graphic novel I've read that gave a realistic account of what goes through the mind of a middle schooler. I want to applaud Raina for her honesty; she consistently surprised me with it in a way where I felt awesome about reading her story.
Drama reminded me of a younger version of Glee, but instead of being with those on stage, you're with those who work behind the scenes. The main character, Callie, is a drama "geek" who works on stage crew and has a fiery passion for it. She is all sorts of giddy about boys, theater, and oh, more boys.
What I love most about this book are the complex characters. Raina does an amazing job creating a crew with different racial backgrounds and who have multiple sexual preferences. Callie and her friends deal with some tough situations that I think many adults forget children go through at this age. As an adult reading this book, it's a great reminder that eight graders aren't so young anymore....more
Wow. This book blew my mind. It's like a graphic novel-ish, scrapbook-ish, picture book of I don't even know, but boy did it tell one heck of a story.Wow. This book blew my mind. It's like a graphic novel-ish, scrapbook-ish, picture book of I don't even know, but boy did it tell one heck of a story.
I'm not going to go into much detail except this book isn't what it seems. It's beautiful, dark, lonely, confusing, intriguing, mad, and brilliant. And the ending. What an ending.
Be careful reading too much about the book online before you read it. There's spoilers everywhere. You can read it in 45 minutes at the bookstore, but trust me, you'll want to read it through many, many more times. There's hidden secrets everywhere.
"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 everywhere and you can't look away." - Daniel Handler...more