Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Paperback: 272
Release Date: February 2, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieBound

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 is unlike anything you've seen or read in the YA section at your local bookstore. It's completely unique, intriguing, and breathtaking. Did I mention the beautiful artwork?!

What makes this book so unique is that it's pretty much a picture book for young adults. The entire story is told is pictures whether it be from newspaper articles, scrapbooks, etc. Which made reading this book fast, yet long enough to get entranced with the characters and story.

The book starts out telling the end of the book. Glory is missing. It opens on news stories, articles, and more about her disappearance then shoots back 18 months earlier for the rest to tell the story of how that happened. By looking at the cover, you may assume this is a typical romantic drama...but it isn't. You just have to open it up to see.

Chopsticks easily lived up to my expectations and as a designer, I loved the way this book was formatted/set up. I can tell they took the time to make this a beautifully designed book. And it paid off.

I really hope to see more books like this come out for teens that are both fast-paced and beautiful stories. I'm not sure if Jessica plans on any more books like this but I am seriously wanting more!

Also, be sure to check out the awesome extended book trailer for Chopsticks!

-Reviewed by Jeremy

4 comments:

  1. I haven't heard too much about this book but sounds good. Great review.

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  2. I remember hearing about this and thinking how interesting it sounded!

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  3. I'm such a big fan of this book, mainly due to its design! I think it's exemplary and I wouldn't expect anything less from Rodrigo Corral. It really is unlike anything I've read and incredibly beautiful. 

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