Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
Scored: 5 stars
Glory Fleming is a young piano prodigy. 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. She loses herself in his paintings and drawings, mix CD's and late-night IM conversations. Soon, Frank becomes both her connection to the world and her escape from reality. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks" for reasons unknown. Now, Glory has disappeared. But nothing is what it seems. And we must decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along . . .
1. The story was truly beautiful, strange and haunting in a way that makes you want to keep thinking about it for days on end. I loved so much about this story from the emotions to the unique writing style. The story is a mystery, one that continues to stay in the back of your mind long after you finished reading it.
2. I loved the characters in this book so much! The story focused mainly on Glory and Frank and I actually liked the simplicity of that. As you get to know more about the two, you end up loving them yourself and want to see how much their relationship grows.
3. I just loved the way the story is told! The book is nothing but pictures with a few words here and there guiding you in the right direction. It's a picture book and one that I found enjoyable. It was a very quick read, one that only took thirty minutes out of my time and even in the short amount of time I ended up falling in love with the book!
4. The story is very unique. Because the story is told through pictures, the mystery of what was real or not becomes more interactive since you, as the reader, have to pay close attention to the details and piece together in your head what was imagined, what was real and what was madness from the very beginning. It's a bit difficult to explain without giving out any spoilers but if you ever have half an hour to read, pick this book up and see for yourself. The ending is a total shocker!
Age Recommendation: 13+
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