Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Before I Read Loud Awake and Lost

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.

Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin

Release: November 12, 2013 from Knopf Books for Young Readers
LOUD. There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. She suffered back injuries and brain trauma. But she is alive. That's the only thing left she can cling to.

AWAKE. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. The pieces of her former self no longer fit together. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about?

LOST. One by one, Ember discovers the answers to these questions, like a twisted game of dominos. And little by little, the person she used to be slips further and further away.

In the wake of her critically praised young adult psychological thrillers, Tighter and All You Never Wanted, National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin has created another triumph. Loud Awake and Lost is an unflinching story of loss and recovery.
This cover bothers me.

Its title's lack of commas sends the words at readers like three dull bullets. They dent my skin enough to avert my eyes to the aching point of impact, but not enough to draw blood. The model's distracted stare lends the image a longing look. Her eyes hold so much more than they reveal, and I desperately want to find out what.

This cover bothers me and bites at the back of my mind, but it does so in the best possible way. Its upsetting edge is stunning and striking and I am struggling to take my eyes away.

I need to read this book right now, before I go crazy.

8 comments:

  1. I had not heard of this one before! I loved reading your analysis of the cover. I agree that the lack of commas has an impact on the way we read and understand the title that makes the book stand out.

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    1. It really is effective. I can even suspend my grammar policing compulsions to celebrate the fact that this title's lack of commas is powerful. :) Thanks, and I hope you give the book a try now that I've introduced it to you! I've only read one book from this author, All You Never Wanted, but that one was such an intense story told in an eerily haunting narration. So I have high hopes for this one!

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  2. I agree with the comment above, I really like your analysis of the cover! Striking, yes. However, no commas should not become a trend. Please, no, haha.

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    1. No, it definitely should not. In this case it works, but only because it is unconventional. If the technique popped up everywhere it would get annoying. :)

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  3. Oh, this is new! I've never seen this book before, but I'm definitely drawn in by it. I would love to read this! I really hope you like it.

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    1. I LOVE introducing people to books, so I adore this comment. I hope you enjoy it as well!

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  4. I kind of agree with you! I don't really like to base my preference on the covers but it is a HUGE influence on on decision (since I purchase a lot of my books on impulse--cover then book flap ><). The title really pops out at me... I don't know if it's cuz of the lack of commas or the color comparison but its really glaring._.

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    1. Yes, covers make huge impacts on bookish impulses. But that's what they are supposed to do. :) You're right; the colors do make the title pop as well. It's such an uncomfortable cover.

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