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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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May I would consider this a very unique and interesting book. When I first read the book, I thought it was just some other romantic book, just told throug…moreI would consider this a very unique and interesting book. When I first read the book, I thought it was just some other romantic book, just told through photographs. However, after reading several Goodread reviews, I found that there are some unsettling parts to the story that I never noticed before. They're hidden in the various photographs, and it's up to you, the reader, to decide what you believe the real story is. (less)
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Steph Sinclair
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Visual people
Recommended to Steph by: Found it while browsing my local bookstore

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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 566-novels
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.


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
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

This book was difficult because I like the format, but it wasn't the easiest story to go along with it. The conflict is more intricate than what can be seen on the surface-level, so trying to figure out what was unfolding got a little bit more difficult toward the end, and it was harder to connect to. I think this format of telling a story would be REALLY neat if it was something more approachable, more blatant. Although this was a unique storytelling experience, some of the imagery was
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
I should preface this review by saying that I am apparently no longer sympathetic to the romantic stupidity of youth.

I picked this book up after seeing it again and again and again in a discount store where I get a lot of my books from, and one day, on a whim, I bought it for $1.99. I now wish I could return it and get my $1.99 back.

The format is... different. Image heavy and super light on text, telling the story through a scrapbook style collage of images. I've never read anything like it be
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This high concept, super hipster, young adult graphic novel left me a bit cold. Though its clear it would like to take you on a deep, thought provoking journey into the mind of a troubled teenager I never really skimmed any further than the surface in this mixed bag of obvious imagery and cliched "gotcha" moments.

Glory and Frank are your typical Romeo and Juliet teenagers. She's a virtuoso piano player being raised by a hard as nails dad who's terrified of losing her following her mother's deat
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, mystery

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 believable. I re
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 eve
Mary Catherine
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Would have been better of the photographs didn't look so staged, which makes the whole book seem gimmicky. ...more
Roy Gloeckl
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Eunice Moral
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Whoa! Too unique for words.

Did I miss out on anything? It feels like there was something I missed out on. I tried to get back to the last few pages and I was baffled even more. Maybe the book wanted to leave it at that, and I wouldn't want to sound pretentious, nope I am not being pretentious here, I just simply loved the whole of it. No sugarcoating or anything, just the pure truth. I specifically liked that it was a novel narrated thru pictures and snippets and cutesy letters passed betwee
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I've gone through a lot of trouble to buy this book. I ordered it, waited (over a year-if that's not patience, I don't know what is), it never arrived. I got my money back so I ordered it again even though it was the double I paid for it the first time and in the span of a month both copies arrived. o_0

Chopsticks is nothing like all other books out there. It's filled with pictures, articles, concert invites, news reports. You might think that's strange but I loved it. It made me fill out the bl
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[Monday, March 26, 2012] I LOVE graphic novels, so basically I got this book because it's in the form of real photos and few words. In any case, this novel made me go to YouTube to check Chopsticks out and made me want to order Pablo Neruda's poetry book, so I can read his work.

[Tuesday, April 21, 2020] Glory is a young piano prodigy. She lost her mom and lives with her dad who is also her piano teacher, Glory falls in love with the new kid in the block Frank. Her dad doesn't like Frank, he thin
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read

A beautiful story told completely through pictures. Extremely interesting and engrossing! I even teared up a little bit at the end! Highly recommend.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 persona ...more
Karina Halle
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Provides a lot of beauty and compelling mind-fuckery for such a quick read. Really inventive, really cool.
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, graphic-novel
I saw this book on the shelf at the story and flipped through it, deciding that I just had to have this unique graphic novel. The story is a YA Contemporary Romance between a piano prodigy and the boy next door.

The story is told in photographs, instant messenger, newspaper clippings, and brief quotes. The photos can be of places, letters, drawings, and people. It was a unique format that could have confused or distanced me as the reader, but the team who put this book together did it in a way t
The visuals were stunning and I think this is a very interesting and refreshing way to tell a story. As for the story itself I thought it was just okay. An insta-love story about two teenagers from completely different worlds. But still, I think it's cool seeing a story told through pictures, IM's, mix tapes, and post cards. I just wish the characters themselves were more interesting. ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This might be a little closer to 3.5 stars for me.
This book is told through pictures, Instant Messages, and there are even links to different videos as well. It's a book that you fly through, and then feel dumbfounded by the ending. I ended up flipping back through the pages and had to even look up some discussions of the book online before it really made since to me. On the back of the book it says, "But nothing is what it seems. And we must decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has b
May 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so very, very much. The trouble is that the graphic novel format - particularly the book's use of "found" photographs - doesn't support the world the authors seem to try to create. The way I see it, there are three basic interpretations of the book's "twist" ending (the part where "you decide what was madness all along"). 1)(view spoiler) ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I don't understand what I just read. ...more
Jen Halligan
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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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