Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

5th Apr 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo CorralChopsticks by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: February 2nd 2012
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

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…

CHOPSTICKSis a novel, an app, a website. It is a collage of original drawings, objects, text, sounds, and video. It is a love story. It is a mystery. Read it. View it. Experience it.

CHOPSTICKSwas born out of the desire to tell a story with multiple medias, without losing the fundamental truths which make reading fiction an emotional human experience.

The novel’s digital format will still allow you to encounter the lives of Frank and Glory, the characters that fill the pages, but the additional videos, songs and digital links will create a new novel experience.

About the authors:
Rodrigo Corral runs Rodrigo Corral Studio and is the creative director at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has designed covers for the Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz and the bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk among many others. He also designed the New York Times bestselling books Decoded by Jay-Z, Classy by Derek Blasberg, and Influence by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and lectured around the country. Through it all, he remains deeply committed to transcending the visual possibilities in art, in culture, and throughout the universe.

Jessica Anthony’s debut novel, The Convalescent (McSweeney’s/Grove 2009), was an ALA Adult Notable Book, a B&N “Discover Great New Writers” selection, an Editor’s Choice in the San Francisco Chronicle, and has been taught in several universities across the country. Her short fiction can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, New American Writing and elsewhere. She was raised amidst the farms and bowling alleys of Upstate New York, and currently teaches at Bates College and Southern New Hampshire University.

I never imagined a story could be told so completely and vividly through photographs and a few words. Chopsticks sucks you in from the very first page and doesn’t let you go until the very last, at which point your reaction may be the same as mine: “Whoa…I don’t know what to believe!”

The story is so consuming and intense! It definitely isn’t your typical love story. It may seem that way, but it isn’t. Sure Glory and Frank are in love, but it just seems like an unhealthy kind of love…bordering on obsessive.

I know people have this idea that this will be a “cute” book, but it’s very far from light and cute. The book and the photographs are beautiful though, and I think many will enjoy it as much as I did.

Let me show you a few examples! (You can click the images to enlarge them)


Also take a look at the very sweet trailer:

Also! (lol) You might want to check out the following:
Visit the official website to check out images from the book and more!
Head over to iTunes to download the Chopsticks App (Demo video of App)

Now, for the giveaway! Thank you, Penguin!

Giveaway Closed.


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Waiting on Wednesday: Chopsticks

28th Dec 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Blog Tours, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Chopsticks

Waiting on Wednesday: ChopsticksChopsticks by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: February 2nd 2012
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Glory is a young piano prodigy. Frank is the boy who moves in next door. Over the years, their friendship blossoms into an undeniable romance. As Glory descends from stunning piano prodigy into a kind of madness, Frank's love becomes more and more unshakable. They both become hopelessly fixated on the song "Chopsticks".

Part love story, part mystery, part visual collage, this novel is told through images as much as it's told through words. Ultimately the reader must decipher what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.

Richly imagined by author Jessica Anthony and hauntingly designed by Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks will rivet teens and adults alike on numerous platforms, including a gorgeous book and paid app for the iPhone and iPad, with many additional features.


I was a big fan of how images were used to tell the story in Every You, Every Me by David Levithan (Photographs by Jonathan Farmer) so I am extremely curious to see how this will look!


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