"What was that all about?"
That's what I was asking myself when I finished Chopsticks. The book's layout reminds me of a scrapbook, but throw in some text message conversations and YouTube links (which are real, BTW). So it was this catchy-flashy presentation that ultimately had me pick Chopsticks up off the New Books shelf at the library. Gawd, I'm a sucker.
The book starts out with a missing person report (presented primarily through news clips and a little text, think ticker at the bottom of the TV.) Cool! Maybe it will lead to a murder? Even more interesting! But as I keep turning the pages my eyeballs are accosted by images of a waif thin girl and uberattractive people who have as much personality as the models in store-bought picture frames. Seriously? How am I suppose to relate to these characters? They don't look like "real" people. Not to mention the main character (Glory) and her father (Victor) look to be about the same age. Eeewwww.
Honestly, there really isn't much going on in the area of plot. The authors relied too heavily on the presentation. On a positive note I think I can sum up the story in 5 sentences. Starving piano prodigy, Glory, goes missing. A couple pages of flashbacks. Jump to the present and meet the model looking neighbor boy who gets bad grades and falls in love with Glory. (Was that a run-on?) Starving girl has a nervous breakdown and is sent to a rehab facility where she misses her neighbor-boy-boyfriend. She runs away and meets up with the boy.
Ugh. Not to mention the other just plain weird stuff. Like the letter head used for the school and the rehab are the same. The principal of Willard Dunn School for Boys and the Chief Administrator of Golden Rest Facility appear to be the same person.
I'm too confused and not at all invested to care.