Along the lines of Ten Cents a Dance in terms of a downgrade in cover design between the hard cover and the paper back is one of my other favorite reads in the past year, The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
This is the hardcover:
It’s intriguing and leaves a lot to the reader’s imagination. You have no idea what the story will be about, and for this book in particular, this is important. Readers who go in with an idea of the book won’t get the pleasure of unraveling the mystery.
But then, there’s the paperback:
Now, we have a picture of Jenna. And you know what? It ruins the story. Although the cover really doesn’t tell the story, readers go in with an idea or readers who go in blind and find out what happens will ultimately see this as a disservice. I think it looks like a lot of other covers and, well, it doesn’t draw me in as a reader as much as the hard cover — even the colors are gone!
Which do you like better? If you’ve read it, what do you think about the decision to add a person to the paperback? How about that big spoiler?
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).