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Chopsticks

Chopsticks
By Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral
Razorbill, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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 great. The photos were amazing. Really. The only thing was that sometimes they didn't look like the present day. Sometimes I forgot the time period - but I think it gave it character. It was a fast "read" and I hope to see more from these two. I wasn't a big fan of the ending. I don't understand how I had to "decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along..." I think I might have missed something. Can anyone else explain?

*Edit*: I did some research. I understand now. I almost went back and looked at it again, but I didn't want to ruin the parts I did like. I liked it less once I knew the real ending. I think going crazy is the scariest thing. I was hoping for romance. Sigh. Oh, well. Still worth a look.

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