Saturday, July 26, 2014

Before I Read Trust Me, I'm Lying

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 can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Release: October 14, 2014 from Delacorte Press
Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.
The original cover
I hate it when books with beautiful covers are redesigned and trapped behind lesser images. Poised to gaze at the pretty cover and show it off while reading the book, I feel irrationally disappointed when I notice the switch and must say goodbye to the prospect of seeing the old cover in person. As you may have guessed, this is the case with Trust Me, I'm Lying.

I do not despise this book's new face, but compared to the old one, it makes me feel disinterested. I loved the old cover for the intrigue its harsh black-and-white divide creates, and the new cover looks sterile in comparison. From its average font that could fit on the cover of any YA dystopian or mystery to the girl who appears to come straight from Shutterstock, this cover offers nothing special. If the inside of the book is anything like the outside, it will pass quickly through my mind, fun while it lasted but easily forgotten.

3 comments:

  1. I prefer the old cover too! It's so much more eye-catching and intriguing. The new one doesn't look like anything special.

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  2. Ugh, I didn't realize that they redesigned this. I didn't even recognize it and felt disinterested as well when I saw this. Bring back the old, I say!

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  3. Ugh. That cover switch is a shame. Even the hair looks more interesting. I think the original one portrayed more of the duel-life angle, while the second one is just kind of "Ooh. Look how dark and edgy I look." It's not horrible, but eh. The synopsis does sound interesting, though. I'm excited to hear your thoughts!

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