Thursday, 12 November 2009

Cover Wars Saving Francesca by Melina Machetta

The Book

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

One of my favourite books. I just love it.

The Covers

The US

The UK

Thoughts on the USA
The US cover has gown on me. It's quite a good match for the story, in that Francesca and the other girls are stirring up what has been a regimented, boys only school and bringing lots of changes. I quite like that it's a drawing rather than a photo too, it's a little bit different.

I'm not keen on the font used for the the title though or the fact that Melina's name is going up the leg of one of the boy's trousers. Why?

Thoughts on the UK

The UK covers appeals to me more. Although it certainly isn't screaming at me from the bookshelf. I like that the blue of the sky is gradually growing lighter but I'm not keen on the rest of the background. The book is set in a city not the country side and I'd have preferred to have seen something reflecting that.

I do like that the girl has her face tipped to the heavens, as if she's searching for answers there. She looks how I might picture Francesca, searching and longing. I also like the stars and the font.

The Winner

I can't say either of these covers really fit the book for me. If I was artistic I'd try and create my own but I'm not, so I won't. Instead I'll say yet another win for the UK (honestly I'm not biased!)

UK 3

Which do you prefer and why?


  1. I prefer the UK version as well. I think the 2 covers set very different tones for the book. The US one if fun and kind of chick-litty/British comedy. The UK one is more YA and soul-searching/American drama. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what other people think :)

  2. Jemi - oh yes good point that's a perfect description of the US one.

  3. Actually, I loved all of them just as much. I have many similar books on my bookshelves at home- it's a pleasure to read them!

  4. I like the UK one, but pretty much by default--which is to say that I doubt I'd ever pick this book up based on either cover. It reminds me quite a bit of the Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging series.

    I'm seldom drawn to covers with photographs of people on them. I think they show the age the book faster.

  5. In this case I prefer one you haven't shown, The original Australian cover,

    While she is laughing, It's in darker tones, and feels less Bubble gummy than the UK one here. I really don't like the US one at all.



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