Monday, February 4, 2013

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

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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....

I found this story to be a really creative and new way to tell a story. I liked that it was a mix of visual and text to tell the story. I didn't feel that I got to know the characters as much as you get to in a regular novel. I also feel that the book leaves too much to be determined by the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a unique  format with an uncertain plot.
Also I did like the imagery in the book and enjoyed it.

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