Young Adult Education

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

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

  • Madeline D Bro

    This book sounds awesome! I’m adding it to my list! :)

  • Desiree Soucy

    I’ve seen this at work and I’ve been curious, now I really want to read it now!

  • Beth Thompson Workman

    Cool, I’m excited to read this!

  • Sarah Molland

    This is a really interesting concept for a book. As an avid book worm, this kind of intimate knowledge of the characters, and their experience really seems to add a new level to reading the novel. I’m excited to read this 😀

  • Eyre Malanga

    This book sounds awesome! I’d love to win it!!

  • Hannah McDonah

    I’ve read other books like this, but none had a romantic undertone–sounds really quirky :)

  • Mary Happymommy

    This sounds really cool. Thanks for the chance!

  • Kari Oanes

    I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now! I can’t wait to be done with library school so I will have time to read, ahhhh the irony.

  • Jenny Avila


  • Kylee Haggerty

    Well it would certainly make my day if I won this.

  • Lauren Taylor

    I’d never heard of this book before, might have to check it out. Thanks!

  • JulieAnna Arey

    That sounds awesome!

  • Christina Martinez

    That’s pretty amazing. I love how interactive it sounds. Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? That’s how excited I am about this book.

  • Brooke Shnipes

    This is definitely my next read; it sounds like something I can pass along to my ninth grade students!

  • Amanda White

    That sounds so cool!

  • Jen Boothe

    Sounds so intriguing! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Sarah Reichenbach

    This book sounds like the perfect summer read! I can’t wait.

  • Sara Autumn Bolacker

    This book looks so good I have to get it somehow

  • Taira Dactyl

    I’ve been waiting for someone to suggest a good young adult book for me to read. I already reserved this at the library!

  • Erin McCall

    I’m on a big teen lit kick thanks to the along YA lit class I’m in this spring. Sounds like I’ll have to add this to the list!

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