Sunday, July 22, 2012

Before I Read Speechless

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you can't judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance of the book is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the books themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights the covers of upcoming books I am excited to read.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Release: August 28, 2012 
The story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary oath of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected consequences…

Saying she’s sorry isn’t enough.
There has been some controversy surrounding this book, regarding the fact that its cover is basically plain white. Some people like it, some people don't, and, until recently, I was part of the former group. I thought it was brilliant, striking, and classy. I knew it would really stand out and for that I loved it.

But then they changed it.

What happened to that gorgeous cursive title? I want it back! The cover just looks plain and unimaginative and…sterile.

It really was all in the font. This book needed a title that looked pretty and would pop out against the stark white of the cover. The old one did. The current one doesn't. With this lettering, the cover isn't simple in a striking way; it's simple in a boring way.

This doesn't change the fact that the story sounds wonderful, but I really am insanely disappointed that they threw away such a perfect cover in favor of this new one.

Do you prefer the new cover? Or do you share my opinion that they should have kept the old one? Let's discuss!


  1. I never saw the previous cover of this book so I can't compare, but I think I like this one, even though it looks boring. I also think it fits the summary. I've never actually heard of this book until now and it seems like it's going to have a lot of teenage angst.

    1. I agree that it fits the summary! I may be upset about the font change, but I'm glad they kept the whole plain white thing!


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