Monday, April 16, 2012

Chopsticks- Jessica Anthony

Title: Chopsticks

Author: Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral (Illustrator)

Source: Borrowed

Series: No

Rating: 5/5

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 is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."

But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along....

This is not a book you read necessarily. It is made up of different photos that explain the story. After the death of Gloria's mother she throws herself into her music. Her father has raised her as a piano prodigy and keeps her on a strict schedule to ensure she does not get distracted. The beginning of the story we find out that Gloria has disappeared, the story then takes us through what happened to Gloria before her disappearance and why in the end she was only able to play he song Chopsticks...

The story uses photos and snippets of conversations to show how Gloria's life has played out. It was beautifully done. Each photo explained the story better than words ever could. This book is quick to "read". I finished it within an hour. I consider this one of my favourite books of 2012.

The cover is beautiful and gives a great insight into what this book contains and why Gloria disappeared and what happened leading up to this event.

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