Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 97

If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney



This young adult thriller takes place in twenty-four hours and explores how people as well as the media can exploit a situation with devastating results, especially when innocent children are involved.

Jack Fountain knows that what’s happened to his family sounds like the most horrible soap opera anyone could ever write. But it’s all true. It happened—to his parents; to his sisters, Smithy and Madison. And to his baby brother, Tris. What made it worse was that the media wanted to know every detail.

Now it's almost Tris’s third birthday, and everything’s starting again. Aunt Cheryl, who’s living with the Fountain children, has decided that they will heal only if they work through their pain—on camera. It will be a field day for the media, and no one, except Cheryl, wants that. Jack and his sisters gear up to keep Tris’s adorable face off-screen, but they quickly realize that there is more at stake than their privacy. The very identities they’ve created for themselves are called into question. What really happened the day of their father’s accident?

The Fountain siblings have less than twenty-four hours to change their fate. Together, they will ask questions no one asked at the time of the tragedy. And together, they vow that this time, they will not be exploited.

Ok, I have not read this book so I'm not sure if the candle means anything but reading the summary it doesn't seem to have anything on the paperback cover. I feel like in general the covers (with some exceptions) for this author seem really dated like the designers are carrying on a look they created for her in the 90s or something. I think overall her bookcovers could use updating.

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  1. I haven't read the book either, but neither one of the covers jumps out at me.

  2. I think you hit the nail right on the head with the cover design. They are very dated and it's too bad because Cooney still writes good books, including this one.

  3. I don't like either, but if I had to choose, I would pick the paperback cover. Reason? mmm, I don't have one.


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