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Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
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Mar 29, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 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 unique novel combining scrap-booking techniques, photography, prose, poetry, drawings, acrylic paintings, sketches, IM chats, and newspaper clipping to tell the story of Gloria and Frank. Two young people in love. Gloria is a piano virtuoso whose mother passed away when she was nine. Frank moves next store to Gloria in an old Victorian neighborhood in the Bronx. They forge a somewhat forbidden love, as Gloria's intensely over protective father has qualms about the "bad" boy Frank. Gloria leaves the country for many months to tour Europe and play concerts. love sick and picked The name of the novel becomes intricate to the plot. I won't give it away. "Chopsticks" may tend to appeal more towards females than males but I think both could find this experimental genre exciting. The novel is certainly thought provoking and would be a great book to teach.

The themes of the novel are: experimenting with sexuality, personal relationships with peers, changing relationships with parents, coping with the death of a parent, gifted young people, and mental illness.
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Heather I am adding this to my "to read" list. Thanks!


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