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"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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Original edition (February 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595144358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595144355
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sebrina Parker on November 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
I've always love mixed media novels like Cathy's Book or Hugo that tell unique captivating stories through pictures and hidden clues. While Chopsticks excelled in the visual department, the story felt lacking. Truth be told though, the more I think about it after reading, the more sense it makes.
The main problem I think Chopsticks suffers from is that it takes for granted what can be inferred visually. This is a case where "a picture is worth a 1000 words" doesn't hold true. And that's pretty much evident from all the conflicting interpretations found on GoodReads.
I kinda feel like the authors used the intro statement of "We must decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along" as a copout to mask that they have constructed a completely incoherent story. Books are a medium where inference is hard and sometimes fewer words are not better.
Now normally I don't try to divulge too much of the books I read but in this case I feel like I need to explain my interpretation of this story.
[spoiler alert: For the first 9 chapters you think Gloria is an overworked child prodigy being pushed to insanity by a controlling, over-bearing father. Then you begin to realize she has an 8 year history of mental instability, having spent much time in a "rest home" with the same logo as the school Francisco supposedly attended. A school that in fact shares the same name as the administer of Gloria's "home". This is one of the first indications that Gloria was making things up.
Then you see a scene where she is sewing the boxing robe that was supposedly Frank's years before. It wasn't until the Police investigation of Glory's room where my suspicion was confirmed. Every art piece formally signed by Frank actually has her signature.
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Glory Fleming is a musical prodigy. Her talent on the piano has earned her recognition from all over the world, but her mother's death has left her home life cold and dead. Enter Francisco--he's new to the neighborhood and the two become friends when he moves in next door. He brings light to Glory's life away from the piano. But as she is stretched between two worlds, she starts to lose control. Soon all she is able to play is Chopsticks...and then she disappears.

Chopsticks is a very interesting project that is created to be an interactive book with print and online components. The premise of it pulls you in, and the romance is entrancing. However, it would be more accurately classified as a graphic novel as it is told almost exclusively through photographs with a few online chat transcripts and emails, a handful of letters, and snatches of Pablo Neruda's poetry to complement it. The story moves quickly yet demands to be re-read and lingered over again and again, especially once readers reach the ending. The images that tell the story are beautiful and creative, but they only provide half-glimpses into the lives of the characters, showing you only one viewpoint and then revealing another only at the end. The technique does force the reader to see only what Anthony and Corral want you to see, and leaves little room for making your own decision as to Glory's true fate. Chopsticks is a very beautiful book with an intriguing story, but the supplementary material online feels secondary and tends to only rehash what the book has already gone over. Still, the story is intriguing, and the design of the book quite lovely. This one might be worth exploring as an e-book if you own a tablet.

Cover Comments: I do love the cove--the photography in this book is breathtaking. I love the style.
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