Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Before I Read The Vow

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 cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance 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 novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.

The Vow by Jessica Martinez

Release: October 15, 2013 from Simon Pulse
No one has ever believed that Mo and Annie are just friends. How can a guy and a girl really be best friends?

Then the summer before senior year, Mo’s father loses his job, and by extension his work visa. Instantly, life for Annie and Mo crumbles. Although Mo has lived in America for most of his life, he’ll be forced to move to Jordan. The prospect of leaving his home is devastating, and returning to a world where he no longer belongs terrifies him.

Desperate to save him, Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie—that they are in love. Mo agrees because marrying Annie is the only way he can stay. Annie just wants to keep her best friend, but what happens when it becomes a choice between saving Mo and her own chance at real love?
I have praised numerous covers here on this Before I Read feature. Most of those that I spotlight are pretty-gorgeous, even-and there is a lot to be said for that. However, a handful of covers go beyond that description and become not only eye-catching, but meaningful. And this is one belongs to the latter group.

The Vow's cover is aesthetically pleasing with its simple white background and unadorned title text, but the best thing about it is all it symbolizes. I love the contrast between the significance of the wedding ring and the plastic case from a childrens' toy dispenser and the unnatural, uncomfortable atmosphere it creates. This book's main characters are young, too young to face the kind of problems in front of them, but they must combat them in the best way they can, growing up before their time. The outside of this book reflects the inside in a beautiful and thought-provoking way, making it one of my favorite covers of all time.

Whoever designed it is a genius.

10 comments:

  1. I agree. I nearly always pick up a book because of its cover. Great cover analysis!

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    1. It can be hard not to. They are works of art in and of themselves, and if a cover gets you to pick up a book, that just means it has done its job. Thanks!

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  2. Covers are really important in helping me determine what to pull off the shelf. The Vow's cover is really pretty in its simplicity. It conveys a solid message without being overly designed.

    I hadn't heard of The Vow yet, but now it is on my radar.

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    1. Covers are important, especially when it comes to shelves. I want the prettiest books on mine almost as much as I want the books I love the most. Exactly! Its simplicity allows viewers to focus on the message.

      I am SO glad I put The Vow on your radar because Jessica Martinez is a marvelous writer. I hope you end up reading and enjoying this one!

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  3. I love the cover for this one too! I agree with you, it's not the usual gorgeous cover, but it's pretty for it's simplicity. I'm surprised this one isn't a dystopian! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this cover, Emily :)

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    1. Haha, I AM seeing a few themes that could be applied to dystopia now that you mention it. The main conflict in The Vow is based on the government interfering in people's lives, so I can understand where you're coming from there.

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  4. Okay. This book is totally going in To read list! Love that cover!

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    1. My post has succeeded! Isn't the cover brilliant?

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  5. I so agree with you! They capture it perfectly and that's why I wanted to read it.

    (I actually liked the cover more than I liked the book!)

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    1. I LOVE covers that actually match the content of a book. It is so disappointing when the cover captures everything the story is not, but this one is practically perfect.

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