Chopsticks by Jessica AnthonyChopsticks by Jessica Anthony


byJessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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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 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....
Jessica Anthony's debut novel, The Convalescent, was published by McSweeney's Books and received abundant critical praise, was an ALA Adult Notable Book of 2009, and was a B&N Discover selection. Her fiction has also appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's, Mid-American Review, New American ...
Title:ChopsticksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 8.08 × 0.78 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1595144358

ISBN - 13:9781595144355


Rated 2 out of 5 by from I guess it just wasn't my thing A beautiful collection of photographs with an artsy, bohemian feel. However, story-wise, it felt like there was a lot missing, like I was standing on the outside looking in from a great distance. As much as I wanted to, I couldn't connect through the tiny fragments I was given. I couldn't get to know the characters.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing. This book may seem boring and confusing the first time you read it but when you go back through and look more closely at the detail there is such a bug twist you will be mind blown.
Date published: 2012-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet~ I surprisingly enjoyed this novel. I thought it was very sweet, and although very short it's very likeable. I finished this book in one sitting (an hour to be exact). I thought the characters were very nice, and the setting is very realistic (with help from the photographs), which by the way are beautiful and very detailed. I loved the choice and thought process that went into picking the right photographs to go along with the storyline. I thought the book was all around nice, but the only thing I would have liked for the author to focus on more was the character development. I found that it felt a bit like they didn't move forward in their personalities, which made it feel a bit less realistic. But overall, I thought it was short & sweet. Definitely worth picking up. ~P.S I think the cover art is gorgeous C:
Date published: 2012-06-11

Editorial Reviews

"Spellbinding and inventive, this title will attract teens and compel them to reread and revisit each clue to the hauntingly ambiguous ending." — School Library Journal, starred review"...seeing deceits and red herrings laid bare in photographs and documents, rather than reading about them, makes the book’s punches hit hard." — Publishers Weekly"Eerie and edgy—and effective as Poe." — Kirkus"Like the young artistic love it describes, Chopsticks is beautiful and strange and haunting. The story’s crooked path is made luminous by its extraordinary images." — Junot Diaz"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 everywhere and you can’t look away." — Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up