Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hardcover vs. Paperback 3

You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem


Bestselling author Jonathan Lethem delivers a hilarious novel about love, art, and what it's like to be young in Los Angeles.

Lucinda Hoekke's daytime gig as a telephone operator at the Complaint Line—an art gallery's high-minded installation piece—is about as exciting as listening to dead air. Her real passion is playing bass in her forever struggling, forever unnamed band. But recently a frequent caller, the Complainer, as Lucinda dubs him, has captivated her with his philosophical musings. When Lucinda's band begins to incorporate the Complainer's catchy, existential phrases into their song lyrics, they are suddenly on the cusp of their big break. There is only one problem: the Complainer wants in.

Thanks to Amee for the suggestion to add a summary so you all can know a bit about the book!

Ok paperback for sure this time. It's just beautiful and I think it makes sense a bit more for the plot. I almost bought this book awhile back but didn't. Anyone read it? Is it good?

Hardcover or Paperback?


  1. I have an ARC of this (plain cover) and I remember it got an A from Entertainment weekly. I started to read it during the 48 hr read-a-thon but it had a slow start, so I moved on. I would like to get back to it one of these days though!

  2. Anonymous7:36 AM

    The hardback cover looks kind of creepy - like he might be a stalker.

  3. I like the hardcover. It goes more with the title--like he's going to make someone in the novel love him.

    I know nothing about the book though so I could be wrong! Could you maybe include summaries with these posts in the future? It would help a lot, especially when you say the cover goes better with the story! :)

  4. Now that I know what it's about, I'd agree with the paperback being the better cover. ;)

    Sounds interesting too!

  5. sounds interesting, I like paperbacks better. plus the hardcover of this one is kind of creepy...lol

  6. Definitely the paperback. The guy on the hardcover is kind of creepy lol!

  7. interesting! i wonder if they wanted more women to pick up the book. i feel like the 2nd cover is a more girl-appeal one...

  8. Anonymous2:49 AM

    Paperback or sure ! :D

  9. I like this title and remember it catching my eye a while back. I haven't read it yet, but thank you for reminding me! I agree with bermudaonion's funny comment.

  10. It's weird, but I think both covers fit in a way with the story. I think it would be cool if they did a dual-flip cover type thing--one on one side, the other on the back.

  11. I like the paperback much better. I generally like color better than black and white, unless it adds a certain atmosphere, which this doesn't.

  12. Lenore- When you do let me know what you think!

    Bermudaonion- Exactly my feeling!

    Amee- Thanks for the suggestion!

    Naida- It is creepy!

    Ladytink_534- I'm in love with the paperback, the colors, the image!

    Melissa- I bet you that is the case! Good point!

    Veens- High five!

    Charley- I can't remember how I heard about it, I wonder if it's just one I saw in the store, it does sound interesting!

    Heather- I love flip covers, that would be awesome!

    ellie_enchanted- Yeah the black and white on this cover is just sort of bah.


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