by Jessica Anthony
Pub. Date: Feb 2, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Short and Sweet Synopsis: Newspaper clippings, photographs, drawings, IMs, postcards, wine bottle labels, and more tell the story of two teenagers in love. One is struggling with insanity and a music career, the other is failing to meet the expectations of assimilating into a school in America.
"Chopsticks" was entertaining, but I'm left feeling a little underwhelmed. While I did enjoy the potpourri of visuals used to tell this love story, I really wish I could have gotten into the characters heads more. I have been frustrated with authors adding in fluff recently in order to meet the 400 page minimum that seems to be required to get books published; however, I really wanted more from "Chopsticks". The story and characters had a lot to offer and I just felt like the format didn't satisfy me as a reader. I wish it maybe had a few longer letters... maybe a diary entry to just beef up the characters a bit.
"Chopsticks" is a very quick and easy read. The cover, format, and visuals in the book will attract many readers. I did enjoy looking at this book and I would have a hard time believing anyone would feel like it was a waste of time. Readers who would like to stay in Jessica Anthony's creative space longer may take some extra time to analyze and think about what they are looking/ reading. This would be a good book to pick up if you have sometime to kill or are just hanging out in the library (although I am obviously bias).
Overall, it was good. Nothing to write home about, but I'm happy I read it. Interesting visuals and an interesting plot. I just want MORE!