Friday, January 25, 2013

Stop What You're Doing and Read This Book Immediately

Chopsticks: A Novel
by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral





This was another impulse check-out at the library for me.  I'd never heard of it before, but once I saw that it was a story about a missing girl told mostly in pictures, I was in.  It's beautiful and haunting; with an ending that totally makes you go, "Wait...whaaaaaaa?"

The actual narrative is done mostly in flashbacks.  The novel starts out by explaining Glory's disappearance, and you spend the rest of the book going back to the beginning of her relationship with Frank, trying to piece together clues of what may have happened to her.

Most of the actual text used in the novel is from scrapbooked articles or recital programs.  Occasionally there is handwriting from notes between Glory and Frank, the two main characters; as well as typed quotations that are meant to be read as one of the characters speaking to another.

Parts of the story require access to a computer.  In the transcripts of Glory and Frank's IM chats there are links to various YouTube videos.  They also make mix CDs for each other with song titles written on the disc.  I guess you aren't FORCED to look up the videos or songs, but it certainly helps with the mood of the story.  Plus it's super cool to go on YouTube and see who else commented on the video because they were reading this!

Run, don't walk, to your nearest library/bookstore/friend's house and read this book immediately.



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