Monday, November 3, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: "Chopsticks" by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

In the first few pages, we meet Glory Fleming who is a young piano prodigy.  Her mother has passed away and her father is her piano teacher and manager.  But she has disappeared.  Why?  What happened?  We then go back in time and meet Frank who moved in next door.  Glory and Frank have an instant connection through their different yet beautiful creative outlets.  So what exactly led Glory to disappear?

This is an amazingly beautiful book.  The story is told through photographs, newspaper clippings, IM chats, and artwork.  There is a haunting quality to it though...  who is telling this story?  Can they be trusted?  Is what we are seeing the truth, or the truth as interpreted by Glory or Frank?  We have also been given reason to believe that at least one of them is not a reliable narrator.

Therefore, the reader is left with decisions to make based on personal interpretation of the images laid before them.  How does the reader interpret the story?  Does this have a happy ending or not?  Because depending on the reader, the story and the ending could be either.  Or both.

For all of these reasons, I loved this book.  I have already read it twice, just to look for more within the images and the story!

*****
Chopsticks
by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Razorbill, 2012
272 pages
Source:  Library
*****


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