Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hardcover vs. Paperback 25

Girl Bomb by Janice Erlbaum


Hardcover

Paperback

Amazon.com:

At fifteen, sick of her unbearable and increasingly dangerous home life, Janice Erlbaum walked out of her family’s Brooklyn apartment and didn’t look back. From her first frightening night at a shelter, Janice knew she was in over her head. She was beaten up, shaken down, and nearly stabbed by a pregnant girl. But it was still better than living at home. As Janice slipped further into street life, she nevertheless attended high school, harbored crushes, and even played the lead in the spring musical. She also roamed the streets, clubs, bars, and parks of New York City with her two best girlfriends, on the prowl for hard drugs and boys on skateboards. Together they scored coke at Danceteria, smoked angel dust in East Village squats, commiserated over their crazy mothers, and slept with one another’s boyfriends on a regular basis.

A wry, mesmerizing portrait of being underprivileged, underage, and underdressed in 1980s New York City, Girlbomb provides an unflinching look at street life, survival sex, female friendships, and first loves.

While the paperback is more striking I think the hardcover fits the description better. And that mesh stuff is just tacky and unappeling to me.

Hardcover or Paperback?

32 comments:

  1. hardcover. I didn't have to think twice about this. The second one is just wierd.

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  2. This one was easy, totally the hardcover.

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  3. i think the mesh is supposed to read as torn fishnets...but i agree...the hardcover is definitely the more compelling cover. Have you read Girl Bomb? It's a really interesting read.

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  4. Hardcover. Doesn't this sound a little like Miles from Nowhere?

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  5. I vote for the hardback, too. The paperback doesn't really represent homelessness in my mind.

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  6. Love the photo and the type on the hardback.

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  7. I prefer the hardcover. The second one is kind of blah and I am more attracted to the first one.

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  8. I prefer the hardcover too. The paperback isn't terrible, I get that they're going for the fishnets with holes in them type look, but I like the hardcover better.

    This looks like an interesting read. I'll have to check it out.

    My TBR pile is getting too big. I need to finish these revisions so I have time to read again!

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  9. definitely hardcover. The second one IS weird.

    You have an award :)

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  10. Hardcover. I hate the paperback. You're right, it's tacky. Just too, "look at me!"

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  11. I'm not overly fond of either, but if I had to choose between the two, the hardcover is more appealing. I don't like the paperback one at all.

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  12. Tacky is appropriate but visually the hardcover is aesthetically more pleasing. Even more impressed with the premise of the book. Hadn't heard of it. Thanks for posting about it.

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  13. Hardcover! And if you haven't read this one and like memoirs, it's really good!

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  14. Hardcover! Hardcover! I look at the paperback and suddenly...ahhh!!! My eyes!!!!

    (Sounds like a great read, btw!)

    :)tbg

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  15. I like the hardcover. I get the fishnet thing, but it's just ugly and not well done.

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  16. Hardcover, the paperback is tacky and ugly.

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  17. Hardcover! I dont like the netty stuff on the first one

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  18. Hardcover absolutely. The color and fishnet stuff are a turnoff to me.

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  19. Hardcover. Love it. :) And this read sounds good. :)

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  20. Ditto.....Hardcover absolutely!
    It is much more compelling.

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  21. Hardcover looks way better.

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  22. This is an easy one. Hardcover.

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  23. Definitely the hardback...more compelling and portrays homelessness. And the second cover is just....weird/tacky.

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  24. The hardcover seems to convey the story better. The fishnets are too sexy!

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  25. I am not sure I really like either but the hardcover is def better.

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  26. Paperback. It's more alluring.

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  27. I'm not sure I like either of these, but I think the first one is less weird!

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  28. Boy that sounds messed up. Not sure if I could stomach it or not. I agree, the paperback looks very tacky.

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  29. This really sounds like it'd be a good book. I'll have to check it out.

    I don't really like either cover all that much. I could do either one.

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  30. I don't particularly like either, but the "Halfway Homeless Memoir" stands out more on the hardcover to me and grabs my attention.

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  31. I don't really like either, but I'd pick the paperback over the hardcover. I honestly hate fur, and it looks... cheap, somehow.

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  32. Sarah MacLean- Yeah you are right, i used the wrong word oops!

    Lenore- Definitely!

    I will have to think about picking it up thanks everyone!

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