Authors: Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Graphic Novel
This book pushes the boundaries of storytelling. On the surface, it is a love story. Deeper down, it is something else.
Chopsticks uses a variety of images and very few words to essentially create a scrapbook. Its contents coalesce into a compelling story. It plays with the reader’s expectations and sense of understanding by scattering small hints throughout its pages. It allows for such a unique reading experience. You should go into it with few preconceived notions or expectations.
This book is honestly very difficult to describe. It’s beautiful and unlike anything I’ve read before. You have access to intimate yet fragmented details of people’s lives. It left me speechless as I closed the book, with questions still swarming around my head. This prompted me to immediately reexamine it from the beginning. The second time helped me to better form my thoughts, but they’re still difficult to articulate.
I recommend Chopsticks to anyone who is curious about other ways to tell stories, who loves photography, and who enjoys looking closely into characters’ lives.