The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: All the Truth That's in Me

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cover Talk: All the Truth That's in Me

Last fall I read All the Truth That's in Me, Julie Berry's latest book. It stunned me. It's compelling voice and odd setting and spine-tingling mystery kept me turning pages well into the night, and I couldn't get enough. I had major issues with the marketing of the book and the cover--mainly, they gave no indication that the book is historical fiction. That sort of information is a HUGE draw to me, but I suppose I could understand why that might be a deterrent for some readers. (And to those readers, I say--what's wrong with you?? Historical fiction is the best.)

Anyway, the paperback is coming out this next month (hooray!) and while I was preparing August's new books order for YA and MG at the bookstore, I noticed that All the Truth That's in Me got a new cover! Here'e the original:

Okay, so it's not horrible. It just makes the girl on the cover look like a ghost (this is not a ghost story). And she's a little too made-up for historical fiction, but whatever. I actually love the slash through the cover, and how it's positioned directly over the girl's mouth--so symbolic! Fantastic!

Here'e the new paperback cover!


I do like the black background and the color of the flower and font. They didn't go for the obvious choice in red, and the orange-ish color is still striking. I also really appreciate that this cover looks like it could fit in next to a bunch of literary fiction novels in a bookstore because I think that this is a book that could appeal to a wider audience of adult readers. But that cover! It's so boring!

What do you think of the cover change? Please don't let any cover feelings get in the way of reading this book because it is OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED WHAT IS GOING ON NOW AMAZING.


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