First up is Between Shades of Gray. This book was on the Morris Award Shortlist and the honor is well deserved. It's a beautifully gripping story that is heartbreaking and haunting. I think the original hardcover has the right feel of loneliness, isolation, and arctic cold:
It's a simple cover and it says a lot. Then we get to the paperback edition:
I actually think this is a lovely cover-just not for this book. To me this looks very paranormal and seems to match a lot of the covers that are in the YA market right now. I don't get a historical fiction feel from this cover-instead it looks more like a sad paranormal breakup story.
Next up is not only a recover but a rebranding and rerelease under a new name. Dani Noir was released as a middle grade title in 2009 and I adored the cover:
It's so mysterious and noir perfect, right? It's also very unique and I felt it really stood out among other middle grade fare. Here's the original book description:
If this were a movie, you'd open to the first page of this book and be transported to a whole other world. Everything would be in black and white, except maybe for the girl in pink polka-dot tights, and this really great music would start to swell in the background. All of a sudden, you wouldn't be able to help it — you'd be a part of the story, you'd be totally sucked in. You'd be in this place, filled with big lies, mysterious secrets, and a tween girl turned sleuth....
Zoom in on thirteen-year-old Dani Callanzano. It's the summer before eighth grade, and Dani is stuck in her nothing-ever-happens town with only her favorite noir mysteries at the Little Art movie theater to keep her company.
But one day, a real-life mystery begins to unravel — at the Little Art! And it all has something to do with a girl in polka-dot tights.... Armed with a vivid imagination, a flair for the dramatic, and her knowledge of all things Rita Hayworth, Dani sets out to solve the mystery, and she learns more about herself than she ever though she could.
Now the book is being rereleased as Fade Out-and being rebranded to reach an older audience:
My main issue with this is that I don't think this cover captures the book as well as the original cover. I also think this also looks too much like all the other covers on the shelf right now. It's trying to market to a paranormal audience even though it's not a paranormal book. Remember that original description of the book? Check out this new, updated copy that's again, trying to reach for an older market:
Life echoes art in this sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story from the author of Imaginary Girls.
It’s summer and Dani Callanzano has been abandoned by everyone she knows. Her dad moved out, her mom is all preoccupied being broken-hearted, and her closest friend just moved away. Basically it’s the end of the world.
At least she has the Little Art, her favorite local arthouse movie theater. Dani loves all the old black-and-white noir thrillers with their damsels in distress and their low camera angles. It also doesn’t hurt that Jackson, the guy who works the projection reel, is super cute and nice and funny. And completely off-limits, of course—he’s Dani’s friend’s boyfriend, and they are totally, utterly perfect together.
But one day, Dani stumbles across a shocking secret about Jackson—a secret too terrible for her to keep. She finds herself caught in the middle of a love triangle with enough drama to rival the noir-est film noir she’s ever seen.
And I saved the worst cover change for last. Are you ready??
The hardcover of My Beating Teenage Heart is nice and simple and I like it.
Not bad, right?
Wait til you see the paperback cover:
Anyone else getting a flashback to the 80s? The books that I do have on my library shelf that have 80s and early 90s covers do not get checked out. I also think the colors are just odd and the glowing yellow on her neck makes the girl like she has a starry rash. I also think this really has little to do with the book, where the first cover at least, to me, shows that this book will be sentimental and heartbreaking. The paperback cover just looks trippy.
Thoughts? Are these cover changes good or bad? Any other cover changes you've come across that have totally missed the mark?