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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Face Off: The Mockingbirds

Remember that time that I said I wasn't going to ALA, and then two days before, I said, F*ck it, I am going to ALA, and then I went to Chicago on a whim and had my own personal rain cloud following me around and unleashing on me every time I moderately dried out, and then I went to a cocktail party in honor of Anne Ursu (!!!) and Chris Rylander, and finally made it back to my hotel room near midnight, after wandering around Chinatown, alone, in the dark, because I forgot my phone charger in the car, only to get back into the room and think Friday Face Off!...
Remember that?
'Cause that.
So: Thank god I randomly save FFO drafts when I come across a cover deserving of a match-up. I give you: Daisy Whitney's The Mockingbirds, which I had thought about Face-Offing quite some time ago, when it came out with a slightly different cover than the one on the ARC (it was red, now it's blue). But I didn't, and it's probably best I waited, since the changes since are much more dramatic.
Below are the original and new cover styles for the series. As always, you can vote purely on cover appeal (which would you reach for to learn more about it), or if you're read it or want to read the synopsis below, you can judge based on which you think suits the story best. Take a look, and tell me in the comments,
Which one did it better?

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.

Last Week on FFO: Three different versions (US, ANZ and UK) of Cat Patrick's Revived went head to head, and every body loved the US (for its suitability and metaphor-iness) and the ANZ (for its quirky, trippy composition); poor UK was left out in the rain...


  1. +JMJ+

    Hmmmm. These covers are close contenders for me. I prefer the edge of the second cover to the vagueness of the first one; but I don't like the second cover's resemblance to a movie poster.

    I'll go with the second one, only because the first one seems disjointed from the premise.

  2. I kind of like the plainness of the first cover because it gives the air that its for a larger variety of people (not just teen girls which is a YA marketing problem) but I don't necessarily think I would pick either up based on cover alone.

    Also I think I might really like the second cover if it had a plain white background instead of the girl.

  3. I think I'm drawn more to the first cover than the second one. The simple design doesn't give too much away and it would make me want to at least read the back to see what it is about

  4. Tough choice (for an interesting-sounding book). The second cover would strike me, visually, as more YA, but it also humanizes the book. Considering anytime I see the word Mockingbird on a book I think of To Kill A Mockingbird, I'd probably pick it up regardless of which cover.
    But the second cover definitely has more going on, and if the two were side by side, I'd probably reach for that one.

  5. Original cover, because it looks more original.

  6. I feel odd about this, because I don't usually like models on covers, and don't even love this one, but it's the red script writing of the new cover that totally captures my attention.


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