Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 72

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella




Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance—mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.

Lara and Sadie make a hilarious sparring duo, and at first it seems as though they have nothing in common. But as the mission to find Sadie’s necklace leads to intrigue and a new romance for Lara, these very different “twenties” girls learn some surprising truths from and about each other. Written with all the irrepressible charm and humor that have made Sophie Kinsella’s books beloved by millions, Twenties Girl is also a deeply moving testament to the transcendent bonds of friendship and family.

Gotta start off by saying, apparently I never read the book summary until now because I thought it took place in the 1920s! Maybe the great-aunt shares her stories of the 1920s? Anyway, this is a strange cover makeover, the imagery and style is so similar I don't see a reason for doing it. All I know is that yellow is obnoxious and I love that the hardcover shows a bit of a 1920s bob, hardcover!

UPDATE: 3/20/10

We've had some requests to see the UK cover! Personally I don't like the style of illustration with all the sways and points (do like the dragonflies) but to each their own! Enjoy!


  1. I agree, it's hardcover for me too! The yellow burns my eyes in this case, I don't like it at all!
    And I read the book, and Sadie lived her young years in the twenties and dresses like it and talks a little about it, but there isn't much about the era in the book.

  2. It is a strange make-over. I'm not crazy about either one.

  3. I have to say I prefer the hardcover version much more. On the plus side I guess if you are trying to sell it that yellow pops out at you more.

  4. The yellow isn't that bad in person. I like both covers, but I like the hardback a bit better than the paperback anyway. :)

  5. I loved this book, but I think both of these covers are actually hideous and don't do the book justice, whereas the UK cover is beautiful so I vote for that!
    The story doesn't take place in the 1920s, but the main character gets visited by her great-grandmother Sadie who was a flapper and just passed away and wants to get her necklace back. So Sadie is this twenties girl of the title who also tries to force her style on Lara, the MC, so as you can imagine, hilarity ensues.
    I loooove Sophie Kinsella's books and I can't praise this one enough, but gosh these covers, ew!

  6. Hardcover, the yellow looks cheap! But I'm not a HUGE fan of either one...

  7. I like the hardcover version as well. I really enjoyed "Twenties Girl."

    Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict

  8. The book is fantastic but I dislike those covers - can you post the UK version, because that's so much better! http://proudduck.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/n288413.jpg - this isn't my picture, but thats the UK cover.


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