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.
HC vs PB: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
The hardcover of Kate In Waiting is nothing memorable—it’s forgettable at best. It doesn’t have a design that stands out—it has a simple light pink background with little stars, it has the blonde strands of hair, the black block lettering and white dots in it for the title. The cover doesn’t tell readers much expect that it has a romance in it and it’s gonna involve the theater (based on the title typography that’s reminiscent of Broadway lights.
The paperback cover of Kate In Waiting is fantastic. It tells readers more about what to expect—it involves three characters in a love triangle (of sorts) with the subtle glances two of them are throwing at another; it has a bit more personal touch that sets itself from other covers. Though from this cover, you can’t exactly tell this involves theater since the background setting looks like it can be anywhere.
I love the typography in the paperback, specifically the title. The way each letter fits the space is satisfying to me.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? Paperback.