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Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Face Off / Cover Reveal: The Truth About Alice

Today's FFO is kind of an interesting one, 'cause it's 1/2 Face Off and 1/2 cover reveal. The cover in question is Jennifer Mathieu's The Truth About Alice, which recently showed up in my mailbox (yay!) with a sticker over the very lovely cover (left) saying that it was not the final cover. I was curious why, as I actually quite liked the cover, and wasn't sure why they felt the need to change it, but then EW released the actual cover yesterday (hence the "Entertainment Weekly" watermark on the cover), and ZOMG IT'S PERFECT AND I LOVE IT.
Not to bias you, or anything...
Anyway, the synopsis for the book is below, in case you'd like to check it out or use it to make your decision, but basically - do you think they needed a 'new' final cover, or would you have stuck with the old? Which would you rather have on your shelves?
Which one did it better?

Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

Last Week on FFO: The US and UK versions of Lauren DeStefano's Perfect Ruin went head to head, and after a lot of comments about big heads, the US cover easily won the Face Off. I would like to note, though, the author's opinion on this one:
So... Winner? 


  1. I don't know why they changed it, I thought the first cover was perfect. It's so simple but has such a huge impact. I can see where the new one is going, but I feel like it's too much. I like them both, but prefer the first.

  2. The first cover screams historic fiction to me- the second feels much more contemporary, gritty YA. I'm definitely more drawn to the second cover.

  3. Definitely the cover on the right-both gorgeous and provocative. Love it!

  4. Hands down the new cover is so much better. It is very striking and I love all the scribbles on it!!!

  5. I love the final cover! I like that it fits with the description of the book when so many covers do not. Amazing!


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