Chopsticks authors Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral utilize photographs, newspaper articles, drawings, paintings, IM chats, post cards, diaries, high school report cards, and URLs to tell the heartbreaking love story between two New York teens - homeschooled pianist Gloria Fleming and newly transferred South American native Francisco Mendoza. Readers get a good look into Glory's daily stressful study and practice regime and Frank's plummeting grades and eventual expulsion from his new high school. The two appear an unlikely match, but seem to have a calming effect on each other that helps them deal with their difficult lives. Underlying the love story Glory's mental health begins to unravel leading to a painful stay in a mental health facility and a mysterious disappearance. Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral use of pictures and limited dialogue expertly convey emotions, relationships and environment in a way that words cannot always attain. The cliché "a picture is worth 1,000 words" is definitely applicable to this haunting narrative.
Submitted by Valerie @ MPL Central