Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hardcover vs. Paperback 74

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Hardcover/Original Paperback

Paperback Reprint


I am not my illness. "Girl with Anxiety," "Trauma of the Week" -- no. I hate stuff like that. Everyone, everyone has their issue. But the one thing my illness did make me realize is how necessary it is to ignore the dangers of living in order to live. And how much trouble you can get into if you can't.

Jade DeLuna is too young to die. She knows this, and yet she can't quite believe it, especially when the terrifying thoughts, loss of breath, and dizzy feelings come. Since being diagnosed with Panic Disorder, she's trying her best to stay calm, and visiting the elephants at the nearby zoo seems to help. That's why Jade keeps the live zoo webcam on in her room, and that's where she first sees the boy in the red jacket. A boy who stops to watch the elephants. A boy carrying a baby.

His name is Sebastian, and he is raising his son alone. Jade is drawn into Sebastian's cozy life with his son and his activist grandmother on their Seattle houseboat, and before she knows it, she's in love. With this boy who has lived through harder times than anyone she knows. This boy with a past.

Jade knows the situation is beyond complicated, but she hasn't felt this safe in a long time. She owes it all to Sebastian, her boy with the great heart. Her boy who is hiding a terrible secret. A secret that will force Jade to decide between what is right, and what feels right.

Master storyteller Deb Caletti has once again created characters so real, you will be breathless with anticipation as their riveting story unfolds.

I like them both fine. I'm just scratching my head why all these redesigns are happening, that first cover is what 3 years old at the most? Just pick a concept and stick to it people seriously! And I haven't read the book yet, but that boy looks awfully young to be a father, but maybe that's the point? Anyone know?

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  1. This is one of my favorite contemporaries, but I do not like the redesign at all!
    I liked to imagine Sebastian on my own. Given, he is young, but the boy on the new cover looks like he's 14! This change disappoints me :/

  2. I saw a few of those umbrellas walking around Union Square today. I thought they were a bit goofy looking-- like they were keeping your head safe in an upside down clear plastic vinyl teacup.

    I'm honestly not crazy about either design, though I wonder how the book concept could provide the inspiration for any cover that was dynamic. Even back in the '70s, a book like this would have a photograph of a model (or an airbrushed painting of a model) staring pensively into the distance.

  3. I think I like the 1st one a lot. I dnt understand the need for redesign.

  4. I think many of Caletti's books got redesigned in paperback. I don't get it. Her books had an aesthetic already in hardcover but now they're changing it in paperback. I don't like the trend.

  5. When I first saw the covers, I preferred the hardcover, but after reading the book's description, I think it's a tie for me.

  6. Kelly J- That top one was also the paperback for a few years, so I don't understand what's going on!

  7. I didn't read the book but in my opinion hardcover is way better than paperback.

  8. Anonymous7:22 AM

    I see that they've been changing all of her covers. The Life Of Prince Charming is also different and utilizing the picture that was once the cover of For Keeps. I like the new covers actually, the layout is nice and pretty.

  9. I like the new covers too. I think Deb is just getting a bit more popular and they wanted to redesign the covers to be more mainstream. The old covers just seemed old-fashioned to me.

    Anyway, I like the new covers. Not sure exactly how old Sebastian is supposed to be (or how old his son is either), but I was guessing he's a teen father. He looks 16ish in the cover to me.

    I kinda want to read this book now, lol.

  10. Paperback (bottom). The Hardback would look better without the big solid block.

  11. I think the hardcover makes more sense for the story. She's supposed to have an anxiety disorder. In the paperback she just looks like a normal teen girl with a boy. I also think that on the paperback he should have been wearing the red jacket since it says he wears one in the description.

  12. I definitely like the first one better. I liked the old design of Caletti's books and I just bought one of the redesigned ones - I don't like it very much.

  13. I like the hard cover, because it fits the description of what the book is about.

    Also I had not heard of this book before, but after reading the description I will be putting it on my TBR list :)

    (Find the Time to Read)

  14. I love this book--It's my favorite Deb Caletti. I've always adored the aesthetic and pattern that her books have to them, I don't understand why they change them. I would like the second cover for another book, but not this one. It's not fitting with the characters.

  15. Just went and looked up other paperback transformations for Deb Caletti books. I like some of them better, but this one I don't. And Wild Roses? Awful redesign for the UK edition. Awful.

  16. There's something about umbrellas that I really like, so I go with the second one. :P

  17. Paperback! It's so much more eyecatching and simple and fun to look at.

  18. I love this book, but much prefer the old cover!


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