Published: February 2nd 2012 by Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult/ Contemporary
Date Finished: 9th February 2012
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 won an ARC copy of Chopsticks in a contest hosed by Mary and I must admit that after I received it I was both excited and overwhelmed at how to review it. Chopsticks is certainly not a traditional Y.A contemporary novel, but I only wish there was more books out there like it.
The story itself is fantastic and raw, filled with madness and emotions and mystery. I deeply enjoyed getting to know the character through the various mediums used in Chopsticks, from photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and sketches it was compiled and presented in a stunning fashion and I delighted in experiencing Frank and Graces Journey.
Chopsticks is open to interpretation, especially when you get into the depth of the story. Nearing the end if had be hooked and also left me with that thrilling sensation when you realize everything you have read may not be what it seems.
I read this one in an hour over a Chai latte and a perfect grilled sandwich and I just enjoyed every minute of it. Definitely one of those books to relax with when you want a break from intensity, and love to devour a good story.
Good Reads: Chopsticks