Friday, March 1, 2013

Recommendation: 'Chopsticks' by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks is a Novel that follows the life of Glory, a teenage piano playing prodigy and her mysterious disappearance. The book begins with breaking news coverage of her disappearance, and the evidence at the scene of her last sighting. Then we are taken 18 months prior to her missing, where the story unfolds of her upbringing. What makes this novel so great is that it unfolds beautifully through imagery.

What I really enjoyed about this book is that although it is told through image, you still build a strong understanding of the characters and their stories. Their stories are offered through clues such as hand drawings or little notes they have either written for themselves or each other.>

Although it took me all of half an hour to read through the book, once you are confronted with the last image, you find yourself questioning what you have already read and going back through the book to see what you missed, or may have misread.

An enjoyable book, and although it is aimed at teens, it is one that you could easily leave on the coffee table, I instantly shared it with my flatmate, and I couldn’t wait for her to finish so we could discuss what parts we missed or didn’t quite get.

Just when you thought it couldn't get better, the app is available too. It builds on the story, and brings various YouTube links alive throughout the book.

Title: Chopsticks
Author: Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
ISBN: 9781595144355
Published: 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

 - Jamie-Lee, Manurewa Library


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