Young Adult Education Young Adult Education: ‘Chopsticks' by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral (Plus A Giveaway!) Kerry Winfrey

Report cards, playlists, newspaper clippings, postcards, photographs and drawings; in Chopsticks, Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral use all of these to tell the story of Glory, a famous piano prodigy, and Frank, her next-door neighbor. The result is a book that’s different from anything you’ve ever read.

Reading Chopsticks makes you feel a little like a voyeur, as if you’re paging through someone’s journal or scrapbook, all the while anxiously checking over your shoulder to make sure you won’t get caught. The book is lovely to look at (I mean, check out that cover!) and has a dreamy, poetic quality. This isn’t surprising given the talent behind it. Jessica Anthony wrote the McSweeney’s book The Convalescent and Rodrigo Corral has designed books like Jay-Z’s Decoded. Instead of directing us to passively read the story, Anthony and Corral invite us to take part in it. By telling the story with images and artifacts, they ask us to piece the narrative together ourselves from clues. I don’t want to ruin anything for you, Dear Reader, but there’s a twist that surprised me and made me reassess everything I’d just read. This book is, as Criss Angel himself would say, a real mindfreak. It’s a romance and a mystery all at once, a tale of young love that’s beautiful and haunting in equal parts.

Although you can read the book by itself, one of the most intriguing parts of Chopsticks is that is isn’t just a book. It’s also a website and an app. You can interact with Chopsticks in a way that you can’t with a traditional book; by using the app, you can actually watch the videos Frank and Glory watch, hear the songs they listen to, and see some other additional content.

Thanks to Penguin, two lucky HelloGiggles readers will win a copy of Chopsticks and a $25 iTunes gift card! Here are the official deets, as well as some information from Penguin about the book, website and app:

Two (2) winners will each receive:

· A copy of Chopsticks

· $25 iTunes gift card to experience the Chopsticks app

Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only
Prizing & samples courtesy of Penguin

About the book
CHOPSTICKS was born out of the desire to tell a story with multiple medias, without losing the fundamental truths which make reading fiction an emotional human experience.

The novel’s digital format will still allow you to encounter the lives of Frank and Glory, the characters that fill the pages, but the additional videos, songs and digital links will create a new novel experience.

CHOPSTICKS is a novel, an app, a website. It is a collage of original drawings, objects, text, sounds, and video. It is a love story. It is a mystery. Read it. View it. Experience it.

Check out more Chopsticks:
Official Website
Chopsticks App

To enter, just leave a comment on this post! 2 winners will be randomly selected using a random number generator. The contest is only open to US mailing addresses. Be sure to check back in next week’s Young Adult Education (on Saturday, March 31st) to see if you’re a winner! The contest is open until Tuesday, March 27th at midnight EST.

Image courtesy of Penguin

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  1. Sounds awesome, hope I win!

  2. Adding it to my “to be read” list!

  3. Sounds like such a cool read! Definitely going to check it out!

  4. This sounds amazing, excited to read it!

  5. This book sounds like an amazing experience that will really take its readers on a journey, like all good stories do :)

  6. Watching the arts adapt and change to incorporate the new media and mediums we have available to us is fascinating!

  7. I’ve heard really good things about this book.

  8. Wow, really cool. It reminds me of Cathy’s Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman. I really loved that book, if I don’t win the contest I’ll probably end up buying this one!

  9. comment made… boom!

  10. I wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna win!
    Also, that cat is cute.

  11. This sounds like a great idea–meet the readers where they’re at, and they’re online!

  12. This book sounds phenomenal and I’m so interested to see how the app and website tie in! I cannot wait to check this out.

  13. I would love this book

  14. Definitely going to check this one out!

  15. Great giveaway! I really have been looking forward to reading this book. I saw it in B&N the other day and almost bought it.

  16. Love the title! :)

  17. I’m very excited to read a book with such a new and refreshing concept. This is definitely going on my to-be-read pile. Ideas like this are what can engage new readers and get them hooked on books which is a great thing! I love that this book transcends the page and becomes interactive with the reader. I read a great deal of YA lit (I’m a future middle school English teacher, plus I just enjoy them!) and I can’t wait to read this!

  18. Sounds like a great book!

  19. I’m so excited to read this! What an interesting concept :)

  20. I’ve been curious about this book for a while. Looks super interesting!

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