Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chopsticks

Glory is a piano prodigy.  She's only 16, and she's heading off on a year-long headlining tour of Europe.  But given the choice, she'd stay home with Frank, the boy next door.  And her tour might just be cut short as her mental state deteriorates...

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral was my Valentine's Day staff pick.  (I know, I'm late.)

This book redefines both the conventional high school romance and the storytelling experience.  Rather than reading the story of Glory and Frank, we experience it through the ephemera collected in both of their lives.  This creates the voyeuristic feeling of entering another's life through snapshots (both figurative and literal) of their most intimate moments.  As their story unfolds, we learn more about Glory and Frank than we might ever expect.  There is an accompanying app available in iPhone app store which offers multimedia interaction.  I was not able to review this.

Chopsticks is published by Razorbill and retails for $19.99 (paperback).  I received my advance readers copy from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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