The Market by J.M. Steele
After stumbling across the Millbank Social Stock Market, Kate is horrified to discover that out of the 140 girls in her class, she's ranked a bleak 71. Sure, she's not drop-dead gorgeous, and her "fashion" choices leave a bit to be desired...but 71?! Determined not to accept her fate as a "junk bond," she and her best friends quickly set out to make her the fastest rising stock on the Market.
Armed with a sexy new haircut and killer wardrobe, Kate puts her plan into effect -- and the analysts take note. In a matter of weeks, her stock value soars, and "Blue Chip" status is within reach. But what begins as a fun social experiment quickly turns into an obsession, one that threatens to ruin her reputation, friendships, and a chance at first love. Will Kate survive the highs and lows of the Market, or will her security crash and burn?
This is a hard one, it's hard because it's such a specific plot. I admire how to designer(s) used the idea of ranking and numbers in both of the covers. I feel like the hardcover is too anonymous and the paperback is too specific. So I don't know how I feel really. Just looking at them I like the paperback better but it seems almost too playful for the blurb. What do you think?
Hardcover or Paperback?