Judging a Book by Its Cover: Eleanor and Park

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TitleEleanor and Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

What’s on the cover:  On a peach background, a guy and a girl with their backs towards us.  One has long and curly red hair and the other has short black hair.  They are both wearing headphones and the cords are woven together in the middle.

What I think it’s about:  Two teens who bond through their love of music.  Probably involves some romance, based on how the headphone cords are wrapped up together.  The colors make me think it might be a lighter, fun sort of book.

Do I think I want to read it?:  The cover is pretty minimal and gives me just enough clues to be intrigued.  I like the idea that it might be about music, and I really like that it’s not a photo of a random person like SO MANY book covers I’ve seen lately.  So I think I’ll pick it up!

What the blurb says:  ”Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”

Final verdict:  Okay, so it doesn’t say anything about music, but CLEARLY music is going to play a part in the story, right?  And “star-crossed” doesn’t suggest light fun, so I might have been off the mark here.  But I still think I’ll be putting this one on my To Read pile!

What do you think about the cover?  Have you read the book, and if so, is the cover fitting?  Post your thoughts in the comments!

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