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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony can only be describe as, well, sur

    Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony can only be describe as, well, surprising. When I received this book, I hadn't formed an opinion on it from the cover or the synopsis and decided to just let everything play out. It is honestly like nothing I have ever read before to put it plainly and here's why:
    The story of Glory is told through pictures, newspaper articles, instant message conversations, and so on. It's hard for me to find a category that this book would fit under to accurately describe what it is like. It's not like a childhood picture book or even just a photography book, these images and words (used sparingly) tell a story that I actually liked. 
    When there is nothing to compare it to, it is hard to find a good way to critique and rate such a book. If I base it simply on the plot, I love the story and longed for there to be an actual written story with it. Although the images tell the story, there is something about descriptions and narrative that make the characters come to life in my mind. That was lacking in this novel which was disappointing. The quality of the images and the story they portrayed was amazing, it didn't lack a lifelike quality to them that they could've. I could see all those people in the photos really living this life and that was nice.
    Oh how to rate a book that I don't even know how to critique. It was unique and definitely an interesting read for those who don't mind reading less and looking more.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    I am amazed at how beautifully and thoroughly this story was tol

    I am amazed at how beautifully and thoroughly this story was told through pictures and words scattered here and there. From the very beginning, I was pulled in the story, flipping back and forth through the pages, as I tried to read between the pictures to figure out what happened.

    At first, Frank and Glory's love seems sweet and innocent. However, as the story moves along, their feelings for each other seem to border on obsessive. They seem to IM regularly even as their lives outside of each other deteriorate and they find themselves clinging to their love.

    The cover suggests that this will be a cute summer read. It is not. Chopsticks is a deep work that explores the human psyche, making the reader question Glory's sanity and the true nature of her relationship with the people around her. This story can't be understood in one sitting and will probably require rereading (as I have found).

    The pictures are beautiful; Glory's story is poignant. If you enjoy art, romance, mystery, and a touch of insanity, you'll be sure to enjoy this story in pictures.

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