Let’s be honest, nobody follows the age-old cliché that tells us not to judge a book by its covers. If you say you do, I am side-eying you. Book covers are the first thing that attracts any of us readers to a book. Before you pick up a book, the cover can essentially make or break a book. If I don’t like a cover design, I won’t pick it up. Lucky for us, publishing companies publish different cover designs, especially when a paperback book comes out. Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don’t. Let’s discuss these cover changes, shall we?
Today, we look at the cover of Just One Day by Gayle Forman!
I’m kind of indifferent to both covers. They’re okay, but not the absolute greatest. However, if I am forced to pick (like if you ask me in caps-lock), I’d most likely say the hardcover one is the best one.
The main thing I love about the hardcover design is the scene it portrays. In it, we see the cover model, posing as the main character of the book, waiting. It’s a very good interpretation of what happens in Just One Day because it emphasizes on time. We see a watch on the cover (which my eyes is instantly drawn to). It’s an extremely important item for Allyson — both physically and mentally. Time is something that is emphasized throughout the story, especially during the scenes with her and Willem. We know that [spoiler]Allyson received a watch as a graduation present from her mother, and Willem takes it away from her so she’d enjoy herself better without a constant reminder that time is passing and that moments like the ones they’re experiencing are extremely fleeting.[/spoiler] Allyson seems to be forever stuck, waiting for Willem. I just love that.
Also, I loved that we’re seeing her through glass. There’s a barrier between her and the rest of the world, as if she’s in a bubble that’s preventing her from knowing why Willem disappeared. It’s great!
The paperback cover makes me cringe a bit because the color tone of it is a bit washed out. Whoever developed this picture used too much cyan in the dark room. The blue and the teal font color do not work either. It just makes the book even more…blue. I do like that the two characters are walking, hand in hand, since it happened in the book, and that there’s a camera glare right on Willem, blinding us from properly seeing his full form (y’know, almost like a symbol of how he suddenly disappears without a trace and how we and Allyson have no idea who he is and what happens). It’s fitting.
Okay, so it turns out I like the hardcover design a lot more than I expected after I typed this post? Huh.
Which cover design do you prefer? Is there anything you would change in it? How do you feel about the color tone of the paperback cover?