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.
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