Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 99

The Sky Isn't Visible From Here by Felicia C. Sullivan




Days before Felicia Sullivan graduated from college, her mother disappeared; she hasn't been heard from in more than twelve years. It was possibly the last betrayal her mother, a beautiful, volatile, deceitful drug addict, would add to those that built their relationship, which subjected Felicia to a nightmare childhood on the toughest streets of 1980s Brooklyn. Growing up in the close company of dealers, users, and a host of unsavory characters, Felicia became her mother's keeper at a shockingly young age—getting her to the hospital after her overdoses, enduring her cruelty and narcissistic rages, and accepting the abuse or indifference of numerous so-called stepfathers. Years later, damaged and ashamed of her past, Felicia invented a new, brutally hard-partying persona to show to the world: she became her mother.

Affecting, honest, and utterly extraordinary, The Sky Isn't Visible from Here is a book about secrets and forgiveness—the story of a young woman unraveling . . . and then putting her life back together again.

While I do appreciate the heaviness the hardcover brings to the equation, there is just something off about it. I get what the designer is trying to create here but it's not working for me. Paperback for me.

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  1. I really like the bridge in the hardcover but that little girl (which looks like a doll) is kind of jarring for some reason. I'm not all that fond of either one.

  2. The paperback is much nicer

  3. The paperback feels so cluttered to me, I enjoy the simplicity of the hardcover.

  4. the paperback is the same cover as AFTER THE MOMENT by Garret Freymann-Weyr so I'm sort of meh about it.

  5. Yan- Yup, I posted that Lookalike Friday you can see it here: http://aleapopculture.blogspot.com/2010/09/lookalikes-119.html

  6. The paperback is good! I like that cover a lot. The colour is beautiful.

  7. I think the problem with the hardcover is it looks like the girl was photoshopped into and it just doesn't work somehow.


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