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I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.
Summer will officially start on June 21st, and what better way to celebrate the start of summer by taking a look at Sarah Dessen’s summery book covers?
For the next eleven weeks, I will be showcasing the cover of Sarah Dessen’s books. Yes, you heard that right. Eleven. Weeks. Eleven glorious Sarah Dessen book covers. Her books are the embodiment of summer. It will be awesome.
Shall we start?
It’s not a great cover, but it’s what most readers are used to seeing on the cover of The Truth About Forever. I’m sure that many people look at this cover nostalgically. When I look at it, I feel like this cover can do more. The girl plucking out the flower petals makes me think of the “He loves me, he loves me not” game. Not sure if that’s what the cover is aiming for. I just don’t feel like it properly portrays what we’ll find in the plot. [/column] [column size=”1/3″] Mehhhh.
I love the coloring of the redesign cover. It just works because the shades aren’t that much different from each other. The font for “Sarah Dessen” is great, whereas the font for the title has a lot to be desired. I’m not a fan. It’s forgettable and doesn’t work with the above font. Plus, why is it so small? It doesn’t stand out. When I look at it, my eyes aren’t drawn to the title (which it should be). Also, a beaded bracelet? Really? Not very summer-y. But hey, wishbone! :D[/column] [column size=”1/3″] The UK/AU cover is very trippy and ~groovy. (Yes, I said it and yes, I am cringing.)
The lettering is very 1960s, which is kind of weird since the book doesn’t take place during that time period. I think it’s quite distracting and gives me a headache. Despite the title font, I love the illustrations inside the heart and how it’s woven together. I think it captures the things you’ll find in Macy’s life. And if you look closely, you can spot the wishbone. ;D Do you see it? [/column][/row]
[row] [column size=”1/2″] The French cover is, how do you say, mignon. (That’s cute in French!)
I really like it. It’s simple. The cursive title looks good. The grass looks like an apple shaped as a heart. (I’m not quite sure what’s that suppose to symbolize.) The leaves remind me of autumn because of its shape, which is bad because this is a summer book, right? I do like how the leaves look like they’re slowly floating down in the sky. It’s an overall passable cover. [/column][column size=”1/2″] Borinnnnggggg.
Why is this an option? Even the original cover is better than this one. Do I want to see the models’s backside? Nope. What are they doing? I have no idea. Is it just the quality of the picture or is the dude kind of out of focus? I don’t know. Maybe. It’s really bugging me. The German cover is extremely forgettable. You’re better off sticking with the original US cover. [/column][/row]
[row] [column size=”1/2″]Can we just talk about the shoes for a second? Like why? And let’s talk about how the girl is standing on a stack of books. Nope. Those two things are really distracting and a big no-no. (I have the urge to knock her down, and say, “No. Step ladders exists for a reason.”) I don’t really have things I like about this cover except yay books are on it and the colors stand out? [/column][column size=”1/2″] This Portuguese cover of The Truth About Forever reminds me of the felt art you’d make as a kid. I like that there’s broken heart. I like to think it’s saying reader’s hearts will be broken when they read the book, or that the main character’s heart will get (or has been) broken. (I apologize for the crappy quality of the Portuguese cover. I couldn’t find a better quality one.) [/column][/row]
MY PICK: US redesign. (It’s the least offending to my eyes.)