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Book Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks is a image-based novel that offers interactive features like a Tumblr and mobile app for an immersive reading experience.

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Book Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

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chopsticks by jessica anthony rodrigo corral

Title & Author: Amazon by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

Genre: YA

Release Date: February 2, 2012

Series: Standalone book

Publisher: Razorbill (imprint of Chopsticks)

How I Got the Book: ARC via the Publisher

Description:

“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 readers flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, they see a girl on the precipice of disaster.”

Chopsticks Played on my Emotions

Chopsticks is unlike any book I’ve ever read before…because, well, it’s more than a book. It’s an interactive experience. Along with the image-based novel, Chopsticks is meant to be experienced with a website, ChopsticksNovel.com and a mobile app available on iTunes.

In looking at the book by itself, Chopsticks has a real magic to it. The story of Glory and Frank is told through photo album pictures, hand-written letters and IM chats. It’s almost like you’re watching an old silent film, just taking in the story frame by frame.

What I liked the most about the story is the mystery and unfinished business. This is one of those books that doesn’t have a clear-cut, spell-it-out type of ending. If you want a straight-forward conclusion, unfortunately you won’t get that here.

What you’ll get instead is a mysterious set of events that you must unravel by picking up on the clues that Anthony and Corral left throughout the pages of Chopsticks. This book left me contemplative and a little sad (in a good way).

The great part about the book is that it’s meant to be experienced on multiple media. In Frank and Glory’s IM chats, they link each other to tons of YouTube videos. Obviously, you can’t experience those real videos in the book, so going to the ChopsticksNovel website or downloading the app is essential.

The ChopsticksNovel website has many of the videos and is just plain adorable and super engaging. I haven’t personally downloaded the Chopsticks app because it’s only for iPhones and iPods and I have an Android smartphone. BUT – according to the site has links to songs from the mix CDs/playlists, images that move to reveal hidden scrapbook mementos and touchable music notes that reveal interactive features. Pretty cool, no?

OVERALL:

I was completely engaged by this book. My sense of imagination and (limited) mystery-solving skills were in full force as I was experiencing the novel. Chopsticks will stick with me for a long time to come, and I highly recommend this unique multi-media novel to everyone!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.