Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hardcover vs Paperback 147

Four friends
One sisterhood

Ten years later, the story continues

On the cusp of turning thirty, Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are now living separate lives, out on their own. Yet despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.

This is an unusual case. The four original books in this series all look the same and have a very young adult, pretty much tween look to them. And then this book comes along, a fast forward into the future, is it for adults? Or the teens that read these books? I really don't know. It's sure trying to fit into the adult market though. My vote is going to go to the paperback, it just feels more like how I remember the original books in the series. The hardcover looks like it's trying to be literary fiction, but I haven't read this book yet so who knows what it really is. The only thing that bugs me about the paperback is that there are only 3 girls on the cover, someone is missing!

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  2. I adore this series! I read it as a teen and the covers have always annoyed me! The first 3 book covers are all VERY junior fiction. I do like the hardnack cover, but it is for sure more adult. Which is actually what this book is classified as! The paperback cover definitely livened things up and made it more youthful. I actually like both covers, but when I think of the girls, and their vibrance I really lean towards the new paperback cover. Great pick this week!

  3. I like the paperback better because I think a lot of the girls who grew up with that series are now in their early twenties and such and can still relate to the ppb cover: it's young, fresh but still appealing for other readers.

  4. I really liked the cover for Sisterhood Everlasting - it is beautiful and makes sense for the story.

    I've been waiting for it to come out in paperback to complete my collection, and I'm not as impressed with the paperback cover (oh, and the three girls on the cover makes sense when you read the book).


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