Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Best and Worst of Covers (2)

Every Saturday, I discuss one book cover I love and one book cover I hate from past books that I have read. Many bloggers host cover memes, but I put a new spin on mine. For each cover I post: information about the book, the summary, and my thoughts of the cover. The book summaries and info are from Amazon.

The Cover I LOVE:

Title: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott

Pages: 176
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
Edition: Hardback
Reading Level: Young Adult

Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was. When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends--her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she wants. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

Thoughts of the Cover:
I just love the cover of Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott so much because I think the dress laying on the leaves is very elegant and beautiful. The fall colors and the message of the dress laying alone on the leaves describe the general mood of the sad story. The book is very powerful and moving, so this cover combined with the plot altogether make it an amazing book. My only compliant is I wish the cover had a more elegant and curvy font for the title, but other than that I wouldn't change anything. Living Dead Girl's cover is not the only beautiful part of the book, so I highly recommend reading it right away!

The Cover I HATE:

Title: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Author: Dyan Sheldon
Pages: 272
 Publisher: Candlewick 
Publication Date: August 26, 2002
Edition: Paperback
Reading Level: Young Adult
Mary Elizabeth, a.k.a. Lola, is accustomed to playing the starring role in the fascinating production that is her life. Her pottery-making single mom and bratty twin sisters are merely bit players in Lola's dramatic existence. But all this changes when she is forced to move from her beloved Manhattan to the boring suburbs of New Jersey. According to Lola, "living in the suburbs is like being dead, only with cable TV and pizza delivery." The worst part is that someone has already snagged the coveted Drama Queen of Suburbia title--and that someone is Carla Santini. Carla, who is "sophisticated, beautiful, and radiates confidence the way a towering inferno radiates heat," isn't about to let anyone take away her hard-earned crown. Undaunted, Lola tries out for and wins the lead in the school play, a role much desired by Carla. In retaliation, Carla makes the entire student body give Lola the silent treatment (and in addition scores tickets to a sold-out concert of Lola's favorite rock band). Can Lola crash the concert, crush Carla, and still have enough energy to wow everyone in the school production of Pygmalion? It's all in a day's work for Lola, Teenage Drama Queen.

Thoughts of the Cover:
The cover of Confessions is very ugly and truly unappealing! I don't know what the cover designer was thinking when designing this cover, and I doubt anyone would want to read it with such an unattractive and uninteresting cover. The edition I have is the movie tie-in book, so I'm glad I didn't have to deal with looking at the other extremely ugly cover. The cover looks like a child designed it, plus the colors are very dull and plain. The cover does relate to the book, but the cover is just so weird, it's hard to want to read it with that cover. The book however was actually pretty good, but the sequel is horrible and unfortunately has another hideous paper mache cover. I hope if you pick up a copy, you select a different edition with a cuter, more attractive cover.

What are your thoughts on these two covers?


  1. I love the cover of Living Dead Girl too. It's so pretty!


  2. The first cover is pretty. The second... It looks pretty amateurish. I might think that was a self-published book if I saw that cover.

  3. I agree w/ La Coccinelle :d
    I like the 1st on and the 2nd one is just.....idk

  4. I've seen that 2nd cover around, I think @ the library, & I agree, it's hideous. I think I picked it up @ the library & put it right back down. lol


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