Buy New
$15.13
Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Save: $4.86 (24%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Chopsticks Paperback – February 2, 2012


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.13
$6.80 $3.19


Frequently Bought Together

Chopsticks + Speak
Price for both: $23.48

Buy the selected items together
  • Speak $8.35

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The Book Behind the Movie
Before you see it in theaters, read If I Stay, the book that started the phenomenon in hardcover and Kindle book.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Original edition (February 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595144358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144355
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"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)

Book Description

Glory is a piano prodigy.

After her mother died, she retreated into her music. Her father raised her with the goal of playing sold out shows at Carnegie Hall and across the globe. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to Frank, who moves in next door. She loses herself in his paintings and drawings, mix CD’s and late-night IM conversations. Soon, Frank becomes both her connection to the world--and her escape from reality.

Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song “Chopsticks”; F and G notes moving closer together, and farther apart.

Now, Glory has disappeared. But nothing is what it seems. And we must decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along.


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Related Media


Customer Reviews

Much like a book written in verse, so few words hold volumes.
Brittany Moore
I have only flipped through the paper copy as I read via the iPad/iPhone app, which is definitely THE way to experience this book if you can.
For Love and Books
What I liked the most about the story is the mystery and unfinished business.
Lisa from Read.Breathe.Relax.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Glory and Frank are now neighbors. Glory is a piano prodigy with a dead mother and a demanding father. Frank is a Mexican immigrant doing poorly in school. They fit together though and everything is okay. Until Chopsticks. They both become obsessed with the song and Glory accidentally plays it when she's not supposed to. Over and over again. They need to find their sanity. They need to find their place in the world. All they need is to be together.

It's a little tricky reviewing a book with hardly any words in it, but I can say that this was breathtaking. Much like a book written in verse, so few words hold volumes. The pictures and illustrations were well done and told a story of struggle and love. They seem like such a sweet couple. The only problem with this storytelling, is you feel very outside the loop. It's almost like finding someone's journal and looking through it. You are completely engrossed and don't want to stop until the end, but you know that it's not your life, and that it has all already happened. The story has already been played out. I did love it though. I took my time, but read it all in one sitting. This is definitely a book you'll want to purchase, that way you can look through it again and again. I would love to see more books like this, their better than graphic novels because they are so much more intimate. It just feels like you're seeing someone else's private moments. Pick this book up, you have no excuse, it's such a quick read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen @ A Book and a Latte on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chopsitcks is a novel where the written story is very much secondary to the format. I read this story via its iPhone app, which is such a unique way to experience a book! The story is told with pictures, notes, letters, music, instant messaging conversations, and YouTube videos laid out scrapbook style. The book app is interactive, but you can simply flip through the pages in order or randomly if you'd like. Or, you can do what I did, and slowly explore each page (in order) - tapping the page to move things to discover what's underneath, listening to the music, and watching the videos.

Chopsticks is both a love story and a mystery. I think readers could look through it a second time and experience it differently; and it would have a different ending. Glory is a teenage piano prodigy who falls in love with Francisco, the boy who moves in next door. Her father is both her piano teacher and manager, and forces her to go on a European tour - partly for her career, but mostly to separate her and Frank.

While on tour Glory begins to mentally spiral and starts only being able to play chopsticks at all her performances. Frank is the only one who can calm her, but the more intense their relationship becomes, the worse Glory gets... and the lines between real and imagined become blurred.

Chopsticks is one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. I've already gone back through it again, trying to gleam more from all the material. The only reason I didn't rate this book higher is because though I loved the scrapbook style of the novel, I didn't feel as emotionally tied to the characters as I usually do with books you read. I could sense Glory's ups and downs, happiness and sadness, but I didn't feel connected to her.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on June 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I won a copy of this through Goodreads First-Reads.

I have to say, this book was one of a kind. It's not one to be read, but one to be absorbed. In lieu of traditional text, this novel is made up of photographs, programs, song lists, IMs, and various other things; almost like a scrapbook. The pictures do well to tell the story.

Gloria had been raised by her single father since her mother's death and he trained and taught her the piano, at which she is a prodigy. He has dreams of her being famous, and slowly but surely, her name became known. Now, Gloria is missing. Before her sudden disappearance, she feels herself start to slip, falling for her new neighbor Frank. Even when oceans apart, their relationship is apparent, with each missing the other. That is, until Gloria refuses to play anything but Chopsticks. She's sent away for awhile, with the hopes of her regaining some sense of normalcy...

I thoroughly enjoyed this artistic approach of story telling. The photographs were powerful, the emotions clear, and with the odd combination of both generality and specificity, the reader is able to forge their own interpretation of each photo.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristie Hernandez on February 19, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book could have been so much more. The book description sounded interesting so I bought it only to find out it was a picture book. It was ok for what it was, but I feel like readers miss out on so much of Glory and Frank's story. Disappointed...
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y on May 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chopsticks is a book told in pictures. It's a book that's filled with pictures. Lots and lots of some of the most prettiest pictures that I've ever seen. I was worried when I started out the book that I wouldn't understand was happening in the story very well. But it's very easy to follow. Even though the plot's really simple, the pictures help bring it to life and I feel that I like the book a lot more because it is told in pictures.

*Note: The book is mainly consists of pictures and drawings but there is (a minimum) number of words.
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?