Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 106

The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein



An adorable, completely original YA voice.

Lotus Lowenstein's life is
merde. She dreams of moving to Paris and becoming an existentialist. Yet here she is trapped in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with a New-Agey mom, an out-of-work dad, and a chess champion brother who dreams of being a rock star. Merci à Dieu for Lotus’s best friend, Joni, who loves French culture enough to cofound their high school’s first French Club with Lotus. At the first meeting, the cutest boy in the world walks in. His name is Sean, and he too loves French culture and worships Jean-Paul Sartre.

At first, Lotus thinks Sean is the best thing to happen to her in years. He’s smart, cultured, and adorable. Unfortunately, though, Joni feels the same way. And having an existentialist view of love, Sean sees nothing wrong with enjoying both girls’ affections. Things come to a head when all three depart for Montreal with their teacher, Ms. G, on the French Club’s first official field trip. Will Sean choose Joni over Lotus? And will Lotus and Joni’s friendship ever recover?
Aww I really liked this book! And I find the hardcover to be so classically beautiful. I guess if they HAD to change the cover for the paperback they made a great choice!

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  1. I like the hardcover much better. I just don't like the Eiffel Tower on her head.

  2. The hardcover looks much better than the paperback version!

  3. The paperback is cute but the hardcover is awesome. :)

  4. The hardcover did nothing for me. But then I looked at the paperback and thought, "Ooooh! I have to put that on my to-read list!"

  5. Hardcover for sure!

  6. I'm with bermudaonion. The Eiffel Tower look very odd.

  7. I really liked this book-reminded me of Georgia!:)

    I'm not a fan of the paperback-too much going on. The hardcover seemed to fit the book to me and it was simple and pretty.


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