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Welcome to Cover Face-Off, a new feature where we pit two covers of the same book against one another to determine which one is the best! Feel free to use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is prettiest.
Today’s competitors: two covers of Delirium, the dystopian hit by Lauren Oliver! Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of the publisher: “Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.”
This is just my humble opinion, but the one on the right is SO MUCH BETTER, right?! The design is interesting (you could easily look at it for a moment without noticing the face in the words) and the font and color fit the story really well. That was actually the original cover, and after its initial success it was redesigned with a random girl’s face. Don’t get me wrong, she looks like I pictured Lena, but every YA novel lately just seems to have some girl’s face on the cover, and I felt like the first cover was more unique.
Do you totally disagree with me? Sound off in the comments!
Every once in awhile I come across a book that I love so much and find so universally appealing that I just can’t help but recommend it to everyone I see. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is one of those books. You might have heard of it because of the controversy surrounding it lately (and just in time for Banned Books Week, of course!). Or maybe you heard of it because of John Green’s glowing review of it in the New York Times. Either way, it’s getting tons of buzz, and for good reason.
Eleanor & Park is set in 1986 and is the story of two misfits who meet on the school bus. She gets bullied for being a bigger girl with bright red hair. He’s a kept-to-himself Asian-American who would rather read his comic books and listen to The Smiths than hang out with the cool kids. When Eleanor can’t find a seat on the bus, Park saves her from ridicule and lets her take the seat next to him. At first they don’t speak to each other, but one day Park notices Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder. This new found friendship grows into love over time, turning into one of the most genuine and charming YA love stories that I’ve read. I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell’s witty dialogue and realistic characters, and I guarantee that you will too.
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Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Other books in series or Standalone: Standalone
First Impressions: I really enjoyed the other major novel that Cohn and Levithan co-wrote, called Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, so I was really looking forward to this one. And the story sounded so fun! Christmas fantatic Lily is bored while on vacation from school, so she leaves a red notebook on a bookstore shelf. The notebook contains the beginning of a set of challenges for whoever finds it, kind of like a city-wide scavenger hunt. When snarky Dash find the notebook, he is immediately sucked into the dares, and the two spend their Christmas Break trading the notebook back and forth by leaving it at the site of the last dare.
Last Impressions: This was, in fact, a really fun book. I love the idea of the notebook and the dares, and if it was at all realistic I would totally do it! Dash starts off sort of unlikeable and Lily borders on annoying sometimes, but through their interactions they grow and become more likeable characters, which I think is one mark of a good story. And Cohn and Levithan do a great job at bringing New York to life, it really made me want to see it in the winter!
Least Favorite Moment: Dash and Lily’s first attempt at meeting in person. Major failure.
Thoughts on the bookcover: The cover is so pretty! I love the falling snow (especially right now, in the dead of summer!) and all the hearts. It’s a very nice “New York in winter” image.
An ideal place to read this book: On a cozy couch with a mug of hot cocoa.
People who should read this: Guys and girls can both enjoy this, since you’re getting the perspectives of both Dash and Lily. If you’re looking for a unique love story, this is definitely for you. And fans of Christmas and books about Christmas will find a lot to enjoy here.
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Other books in series or Standalone: First in a trilogy. The second book, Crossed, will be released in November 2011 and the third (still untitled) is due out in November of 2012
First Impressions: I was SUPER excited for this book. From the description, it sounded like it was going to be right up my alley, a dystopian tale filled with romance and rebellion. Cassia lives in a world where The Society dictates every aspect of your life, leaving you no choice or real free will. Everything is chosen for you, including who you marry. At her Match Banquet, Cassia is shown the face of the boy she is to marry, and it turns out to be her best friend Xander. But then for a brief moment, another face flashes before her (the face of her friend Ky), leading her to question the choice that has been made for her and what exactly The Society is up to. The book had a ton of buzz, so I figured it would be pretty great.
Last Impressions: One of the things I found most interesting about this book was how choice was so completely taken away. It’s not just that you can’t choose who to marry; The Society has also limited the culture so as not to “overwhelm” the people with too many choices. They have narrowed things down to The Hundreds, meaning that there are now only 100 songs, 100 movies, 100 poems, and so on. It was interesting to watch Cassia go from thinking that this isn’t a bad thing to raging against it after her beloved grandfather gives her a poem that isn’t one of the 100 and is therefore forbidden. I really liked their relationship and what she learns from it.
Favorite Moment (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT): Ky teaching Cassia to write. Very sweet, and yet another reminder of how The Society restricts people’s actions (no one is allowed to write, only type into their Scribes).
Least Favorite Moment: I don’t want to say because it’s a big spoiler! But it involves someone getting his/her heart broken, and it made me sad. And that’s all I will say.
Thoughts on the bookcover: LOVE the cover! Such a pretty picture, and with the girl in the bubble it’s a good visual image of what the book is about (because Cassia is very much trapped in the safe protective bubble of the Society).
People who should read this: Anyone who likes a good love triangle or enjoys dystopian stories filled with rebellion and intrigue