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The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Out of the Easy

Monday, February 3, 2014

Cover Talk: Out of the Easy

One of my favorite books of 2013 was Ruta Sepetys's second novel, Out of the Easy. It's a beautifully told, richly detailed story set in 1950 New Orleans about a girl trying to break out of her strictly confined life and go to college. I adored this book, and you can read my review here.

I also really loved the cover of the hardcover edition:


There is so much to love about this cover. The richness of the green is very eye-catching, and the birdcage is a really great object to have front and center. I love the significance of the cover model being partially obscured by the birdcage and all of emotional heft that the cover conveys.

Of course, for the paperback release next months, the cover received an update:


My reaction to this cover is--well, pretty. It still coveys the time period well, and I really like the purple, the pop of yellow, and the significance of the suitcase. It actually really reminds me of an adult fiction cover, and I wonder if that isn't part of the reasoning behind this cover update. In fact, I know that as a bookseller I could shelve this in General Fiction and probably get a ton of adults who would look down on YA to buy this.

I am a huge fan of pretty covers, but a bigger fan of pretty covers that work for their books on more than just the aesthetic level...which I think the original cover does. On the other hand, this new paperback cover will now match the paperback cover of Between Shades of Gray!


What do you think of the covers?




1 comment:

Peggy Farooqi said...

Yes I fully agree, not having read the book but looking at your review, the significance of the model with her head on the table behind the bird cage, I think, is much better. I love covers as well and yes, we all know, books do get judged by its cover. (not necessarily by myself, but when speaking to colleagues or watching people in bookshops.