Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

It's always fun to find books that are a little different--Chopsticks is told like a journal or scrapbook.  Last month I read the adult novel The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, and this young adult novel is very similar in format.

Glory is an awesome piano player--her dad is her teacher and she has been playing her entire life.  Her life starts to fall apart when her mom dies, but a boy moving next door is her saving grace.  Frank is from South America and the two teens fall in love when he moves next door to Glory.  Her father isn't sure how to handle the romance, so he takes Glory to Europe for a whirlwind musical performance tour.  The two teens stay in touch with chats, emails, and postcards, but it seems like Glory is starting to slip.  For some reason, playing Chopsticks pleases her, and we think that perhaps she is slipping into an unstable mental state.  And this is when the book is up to the reader. What really happens to Glory? It's a mystery and a romance all wrapped up into one beautiful book. I'm looking forward to sharing this with our art teacher....

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