Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Hardcover vs Paperback 122

How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman




From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, the story of a girl who acts out by stealing cars. 

Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being a bitch to other girls. 
Not Kelleigh.

Kelleigh steals cars. 

In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time. 

I've always found the hardcover rather wonderful. It's  funny but in such a simple way.  While the mix of illustration with photography on the paperback is nice it is not exactly working. The placement of the hand and the girl's face in the rear view mirror don't exactly match up in my opinion so there is a disconnect. So while it's cute I, I still vote Hardcover!

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  1. I vote hardcover also. It's definitely plain, but I think that's what gives it it's charm.:) I find that hardcover's are often better if they are different from paperbacks. :)

  2. I think they're both cute, but do agree the hardcover is better.

  3. Anonymous11:23 PM

    I also vote hardcover. It's what drove me to read the book. (pun TOTALLY intended) ;)

  4. I really like the hardcover. I can't imagine picking up the paperback but the hardcover definitely catches my eye.


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