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.
US HC vs. UK HC vs. US PB: Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Both covers of Frankly in Love showcases two different art style—the hardcover focuses on the typography and perception, whereas the paperback focuses on the art. Both beautifully designed.
I don’t have anything I dislike about these covers, so let’s just talk about the likes then.
For the hardcover design, I love that it’s simple—it focuses solely on the title’s typography. The title has layered cut outs that make it up, which gives it more depth than having one sheet of cut outs. Despite the simplicity, the yellow isn’t just a plain yellow background; it’s textured like construction paper. The downside of having such a minimalistic cover is that the design doesn’t tell you or express anything about the type of book this is.
For the paperback cover design, the art tells me a lot about what to expect from this book than the hardcover. From this design, I can gather that it is about a Korean-American teenage boy who’s juggling two lives based on the girls standing next to him—one of which looks to be a Korean-American teenage girl who gives major friend vibes, and the other is a Caucasian-American holding hands with the boy. It’s just cute art.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? Hard to decide since they focus on different design, but I’d pick the US paperback cover because I’d buy this book if I only saw that cover.