Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bookanistas: Chopsticks

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....

This book was all over blogs when it first came out, and I was really curious about it. Then I was at the library the other day and it was on the shelf, so I picked it up without a second thought. A novel told all in pictures and photos? I had to check this out for myself. 

I got through the whole book in less than an hour, but I immediately went back to the beginning and went through it again. I found so many details I missed the first time around, details that I connected back to other parts of the book, and had one of those "OH!" moments. Well, lots of those moments. And the cool thing was, I kept thinking about this book and this ending for days after I was done. In fact, when my friend came over for dinner, I shoved the book in her hand and told her to read it so we could talk about it. (Side it still reading when the book is all pictures? I mean, there were a few words here and there, but it was mostly pictures, photos, and found items. I don't know.)

The main criticism I am hearing about this book is that without words we don't fully get into Glory's head, and I do agree there. I would have liked more. But this book is just so darn cool, and it's one that, if you read (?) it correctly, you'll be thinking about for a long time to come, so it is definitely worth a read. And book collectors, it would make a gorgeous addition to your shelves. 

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  1. I haven't checked this one out. Thanks for the review--my interest is totally peaked :)

  2. I am super-curious about this one, but a little worried that I "won't get it" without words! (I struggle with graphic novels, too, although I do try to read them. But I've been putting off the Sandman books for the same reason.) But you may have nudged me into it!

  3. I'm so intrigued by this concept! I kind of love the cover, too. :) I wonder if my library has it?

  4. I read this earlier this year, because my friend had it. I agree that it was pretty cool, even if it was kind of strange. :)

  5. Whoa. This sounds weird, but ... kind of awesome.

  6. That's my dream--to write a book that someone thinks about for days after... sigh...

    And er... HOW was I not following you before???? WEIRD. Jessica, I think you're so amazing and gorgeous. So lucky to know you. <3

  7. Sounds very intriguing. À la Imaginary Girls but without words?
    I´ll have to check it out!

  8. This sounds very cool, and I really like this idea of a more interactive book for young readers, with photos and more of an open interpretation of the story. What a fascinating concept!