So, I received a catalog for Penguin Group's Young Readers selections almost two months ago, and one of the first books I saw when I flipped through it was Rosalind Wiseman's upcoming YA book Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials, mainly because the cover is very bold and eye-catching. At first, I was slightly surprised at it, but then I really grew to like it, only to find....
...that it has been changed to this:
Really different, right? At first, I was a bit taken aback. I had really grown to like the first cover. I could see that it had a lot of really great elements, like how the bright colors against the black was a really bold statement, and the the bomb really conveyed the "hazardous" part of the title. Also, this is a book I could envision guys picking up as well without a second thought.
The new cover, however, has lost all guy appeal, in my opinion. The kissing couple and the curvy font will appeal to more girls though. However, the couple (I love how the notebook covers up the heads. It looks like something that belongs in a photoshoot for a Susane Colasanti cover!), definitely holds more "teen appeal". But I have to ask...where's the "hazardous" coming through with this cover?
Both are good covers, and it's hard for me to pick one over the other. I'm just happy that my ARC has the original explosive cover. Now I am really tempted to move this book to the top of my TBR pile!
What do you think?