Saturday, July 13, 2013

Cover Comparison: Sarah Dessen Edition

This cover comparison has been brewing for months now (I'm pretty sure Russell from The Habermann Press suggested do it sometime last year. WHOOPS.) but now it's finally here. YAY!

In all honesty the reason why I decided not to do this comparison till now is because I wanted to wait till the summer because Sarah Dessen's books are quintessential summer reading. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I can be a horrible procrastinator. Okay, so maybe it's partially because I'm a horrible procrastinator, but let's just forget about that....

As you guys probably know (unless you're living under a rock somewhere which I highly doubt since you're on the internet reading this blog) all of Sarah Dessen's books got cover redesigns last year. Yep, every last one of them. I'm sure you've seen at least some of these new covers already but lets take a good look at them and the original covers.

                                                                Original Covers

                                                         New Covers


Original Covers: I'm a big Sarah Dessen fan so to me these covers are classic. I've read every one of Sarah's books when they bore these covers so it only makes sense that they hold a special place in my heart. Along for the Ride and The Truth About Forever are my two favorites, but I feel like This Lullaby and Dreamland both have pretty timeless designs. That being said I do have to admit that some of the other covers look a bit outdated and were probably in need of a revamp.

New Covers: The first thing thought pops into my head when I see these new covers is that almost every one of them looks super photoshopped and staged. I don't know what it is about the way these covers are edited, but they just look so sterile to me. Regardless I do love some of them. The Lock and Key cover? Perfection, and to be honest probably one of my new favorite book covers.  However, I feel like some of the other covers are just lacking. The Truth About Forever, What Happened to Goodbye, and That Summer just don't hit home for me. I feel like their original covers represented their story much better, but whatever.

So Who Wins? In this case I really can't pick a definitive winner. For some of these books I definitely prefer the original cover, while for others I absolutely adore the new cover. However I must admit that across the board I love the gorgeous coloring of Sarah Dessen's name on all of the new covers. They got that right!

Instead of telling me which set of covers you like best like you normally do, this time I want you guys to let me know which of Sarah Dessen's book covers, old or new, are your favorite! I'm super curious to hear your responses and see if we share cover favorites. :D

Julia :)


  1. I think I like the old covers better. For one they are just classic and what I will think of when I think of these books. And I agree with you that some of the new covers just look kind of staged/ photoshopped. But either way I love her books! XD

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

  2. I totally forgot about this! Thanks for the shout-out, too! :) I definitely agree with you. Some of the old ones seem a little dated, but some of them are just classic. I really like the new cover designs, though, too! The person who designed them did a great job with the imagery, and they just POP, which you totally want at a bookstore. The only thing I'm not sure about with the new covers is the fact that her name is THIS BIG and the title is this tiny little thing at the bottom. It's a toss up for me too. Great post!

  3. I go back and forth on these covers but since I don't own any of the new covers, I guess I'm partial to the old ones. I think when you look at the cover of The Moon and More you can kind of see what they were going for but it just didn't work for me.

  4. I like the cohesiveness of the new covers, I don't think the old covers had that, and I love how huge Sarah Dessen's name is on the new ones. That's a major selling point for me, I don't care what's it about, if Sarah Dessen is writing it, I'm reading it. But there's just something about the old covers that make them better.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

  5. My favorite Dessen covers were the UK versions. Like Jess, I loved the cover of Moon and More.


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