Chopsticks: a novel by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

2012
03.05


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Seventeen-year-old Gloria Fleming is a beautiful young piano prodigy who’s still mourning the death of her mother when she was ten and chafes under her widowed father’s strict rules. Frank Mendoza is the impetuous young artist who moves in next door and sweeps Gloria off her feet with his sensuous drawings, paintings of flowers and romantic mix discs. When Gloria’s father forces her to go on a European concert tour, the two are devastated, and Gloria rebels the only one she knows how–by turning each classic composition into a version of Chopsticks. Gloria and Frank correspond throughout the disastarous tour with IM and postcards, while Gloria’s performances continue to deteriorate. Finally Gloria’s frustrated father is forced to bring her home, and the star crossed pair can’t wait to be reunited. But Gloria’s homecoming isn’t at all what she imagined. Teetering on the edge of madness, Gloria must finally face the fact she hasn’t been entirely truthful to herself about the role Frank has played in her life and his fate in her uncertain future. A romantic mystery told entirely in objects, photos, IM’s and handwritten notes, CHOPSTICKS will remind readers of a certain generation (that would be X) of an awesome little book called Griffin & Sabine, which also chronicles the meandering journey of ┬ápair of misbegotten lovers who are kept apart by strange circumstances beyond their control. The gut-wrenching ending will have you flipping back to the front to comb the pages for clues and understanding, and be prepared to argue about what actually happened with your best friend, who you will be giving it to as soon as you’ve finished. Although CHOPSTICKS has an accompanying tumblr & app, this provocative and hugely entertaining mixed media (book? collection? picture narrative?) stands strongly on it’s own four piano legs. (I’m VERY interested in what you teen people think of this one–leave me your thoughts in the comments)

6 Responses to “Chopsticks: a novel by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral”

  1. Lisa says:

    Between the creative storytelling techniques and the WHAT THE WHAT ending, this sounds like such a win.

    Mixed media is my new fave.

  2. Great review! I’m really looking forward to this one, so I’m glad you liked it!

  3. I just read this, and really liked it. It was so unusual, and I was drawn right into the story. I looked at it again a second time, and picked up “clues” I had missed the first time. I think it will appeal to alot of people!

  4. I’m buying this right now. Sounds great. Thanks for the review.

  5. Destynie Grace says:

    Chopsticks by jessica Anthony and Rodrifo Corral IS AMAZING!!! I don’t know if this is just me, but I Can actually feel the what characters felt…. I don’t know what girl wouldn’t read this! :D

  6. Destynie Grace says:

    …sorry… Rodrigo Corral*** heh ^-^

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