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Chopsticks Novel

By Penguin Group USA

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Glory is a piano prodigy. After her mother died, she retreated into her music. Her father raised her with the goal of playing sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and across the globe. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to Frank, who moves in next door.

Musical notes reveal treasured mementos and stolen secrets as Glory loses herself in Frank’s paintings and drawings. Links bring the music of their shared mix CDs to reality. Vibrant videos play the shows and clips they watch together and breathe still photos to life. Scrapbook images move as the text flows from Spanish to English. Their late-night IM conversations whisper, blinking down the screen. Frank becomes Glory’s connection to the world—and her escape from reality.

Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song “Chopsticks”; F and G notes moving closer together, and farther apart.

Glory disappears. But nothing is what it seems. And we must decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along…

A breathtaking cohesion of images, songs, videos, letters, love and loss, the Chopsticks app draws on a full spectrum of media to create a fully immersive novel experience.


“…seeing deceits and red herrings laid bare in photographs and documents, rather than reading about them, makes the book’s punches hit hard.” –PW

“Spellbinding and inventive, this title will attract teens and compel them to reread and revisit each clue to the hauntingly ambiguous ending.” –SLJ Starred Review

“Eerie and edgy—and effective as Poe.” –Kirkus

Pictures are not only worth a thousand words in "Chopsticks." In hands as talented as Anthony's and Corral's, they're just as emotionally resonant. –LA Times

“A book that plays with the boundaries between novel, graphic novel, scrapbook story, and multiplatform blitz…Daring on all fronts.” –Booklist Starred Review

“Like the young artistic love it describes, Chopsticks is beautiful and strange and haunting. The story’s crooked path is made luminous by its extraordinary images. Chopsticks is like that one ex lover you never shake off—the one that was a mystery—beautifully distilled.”
--Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief Wondorous Life of Oscar Wao

“Reading Chopsticks is like watching people kiss in the street: it’s private, it’s beautiful, it’s lonely, it’s wild, it’s secret, it’s everywhere and you can’t look away.”
--Daniel Handler, author of Why We Broke Up

-Touch the music notes to discover interactive features
-Links to songs from their mix CDs/playlists
-Spanish/English text alternates in the notes and letters
-Images move to reveal hidden scrapbook mementos
-Embedded videos play the shows and clips they share
-Text appears to convey quiet conversation
-IM conversations slide down the screen
-Important news clippings and articles underline with a touch
-Moving images breath life into the snapshots


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Customer Reviews

let's make a list of things that are more exciting than this app

1. watching the flloor
2. doing a sinkload of dishes
3. biting your fingernails

I could go on, but you get the idea. The interactivity is pointless and adds nothing to the experience. Great, I get to pull up pictures from a photo album. Why? The "music notes" which tell you there's some interactivity are so small and slight that you never see them. The total lack of sound reinforces the crappy experience, bec. I've got no idea what I'm doing and I get to do it in complete silence. great, thanks. I played with it for a few pages, but there was nothing to hold my interest. No charm, no wit and certainly no experience. Please give me back my $7, I'd rather use it to buy dish soap.

Totally engrossing iPad experience!

I loved how this story unfolds through the interactive content. It gives the reader a sense that they are eavesdropping on the characters. Great music clips give a nice personal touch. Pay attention to the details or you'll miss some key stuff!

Something of a setback for a promising form a story telling

I think this form of story telling is great, it reminds me of the many hours a spent with books on CD-roms on my father's old windows 95 computer.
Sadly, the lack of conventional paragraph based writing is no present, something that could have been utilized to flesh out the two love interests.
Who have so very little to say to each other but "I love you"
Also video of them with no sound is very unsettling.
If Penguin wanted to write a romance they should stick the the more known medium, or create a more substantial story with more chracters.
Anomaly, a graphic novel also on the iTunes Store (App Store) is probably a better deal, or at least make you feel less robbed out of a good story.

Chopsticks Novel
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $6.99
  • Category: Books
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 150 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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