23. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Mystery, Teen Books

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, 272 pages, read by Courtney, on 05/16/2012

I’m not entirely sure how to begin describing this book. It’s a story told through pictures, IMs, letters, scrapbook memorabilia, artwork and the occasional bit of text (emphasis on the “occasional”). The reader is left to piece together these components to determine what exactly happened in this story. I *think* it’s about a teenaged female piano prodigy who has lost her mother under tragic circumstances. I *think* she falls in love with the boy next door. She is definitely missing; last seen outside the convalescent home she’s been temporarily living in. I *think* she’s a world-renowned pianist, but that the pressure has become too much, rendering her unable to play anything other than “Chopsticks”, even at Carnegie Hall. But when I got to the end of the book, I ceased to be sure of anything. And I love that sort of thing. I immediately began flipping back through to begin reinterpreting and kept coming to different conclusions.
Do me a favor. Read this one and tell me what you think happened. I feel like this is a book that demands discussion.

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