Archive for the ‘Judging a Book by Its Cover’ Category
Author: Andrew Smith
What’s on the cover: A teen boy who has OBVIOUSLY just been in some kind of fight, because he has stitches over his eyebrow and a bloody nose. He’s wearing a sweater with a crest on it, a dress shirt, and a tie. He also has a backpack slung over one shoulder.
What I think it’s about: Judging by his outfit I’d say he goes to private school, and I’m guessing he’s getting bullied there based on his battered face.
Do I want to read it?: YES! I immediately want to know what happened to him. It’s an intriguing cover!
What the blurb says: “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.”
Final verdict: Okay, so his face probably looks like that because of rugby. I’m still intrigued though, so I’ll be picking up a copy of this one!
Author: Patrick Carman
What’s on the cover: A huge tree floating in the sky, roots and all. It’s floating above a street with houses on either side that all look about the same. Lots of earth tones. The tagline at the top says “Everyone has a heartbeat. Few have the pulse.” The circles coming off of the title in the center also seem to represent some type of pulse.
What I think it’s about: The tagline coupled with the floating tree make me wonder if the pulse is some kind of magical power that some people have, maybe something like telekinesis?
What the blurb says: “In the year 2051, who has a pulse? With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a ‘pulse,’ and Dylan has the talent, too. In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual talent, the mind–and the heart–can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.”
Final verdict: I promise I didn’t cheat, I just guessed really well! The cover did a nice job at suggesting the plot, and it’s really unique and pleasing to look at. Plus the plot sounds like it might be a fun, action-packed story.
Author: Marissa Meyer
What’s on the cover: A woman’s leg with a bright red high heeled shoe. The background is black with light around the foot so that the leg is casting a shadow. But most interestingly, the leg seems to have robot parts inside it!
What I think it’s about: A girl who looks human but is really some sort of cyborg. Judging by the title and the focus on the shoe, possibly some sort of Cinderella story.
Do I think I want to read it?: If it was just a leg and a shoe, I don’t know. But the robot parts have me intrigued!
What the blurb says: “As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.”
Final verdict: Even though the cover made it pretty clear what the story was going to be, it sounds like a unique take on Cinderella that would be really fun to read.
Title: Eve & Adam
Author: Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
What’s on the cover: An apple that is half red and half silver puzzle pieces. Lightning seems to be striking around it. Blue gradient background with lots of ones and zeroes around the apple. The tagline says “And girl created boy….”
What I think it’s about: Looks like sci-fi. With that tagline, I’m guessing a girl creates some kind of artificial intelligence.
Do I think I want to read it?: The cover tells me just enough to know what genre it likely is and gives some good hints to the plot without giving it away. I’m definitely intrigued, and it’s also a really cool, pretty cover. Initial judgment says yes!
What the blurb says: “In the beginning, there was an apple. And then there was a car crash, a horrible, debilitating injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker could regain consciouness, there was a strange boy checking her out of the hospital and rushing her to Spiker Biopharmaceuticals, her mother’s research facility. Once there, Eve has to heal and cope with an eerie isolation only interrupted by her overbearing mohter, a strange group of doctors, and the mysterious boy who brought her there. Just when Eve thinks she will die – not from her injuries, but boredom – her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy. Using an amazingly detailed simulation that is designed to teach human genetics, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up: eyes, hair, muscle, even a brain, and potential personality traits. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be perfect….won’t he?”
Final verdict: Hey, I was right! The blurb makes it sound like a fun, intersting, thought-provoking book. This one is going on my To Read pile.
Title: Eleanor 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!