Friday, 27 September 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Cover Reveal - Trouble by Non Pratt + US/UK Comparison!

Thanks to Non, Simon and Schuster US and Walker Books UK, today I can finally, and exclusively, present you with the UK and US covers for her 2014 debut novel, Trouble. I'm so excited to read this book, mostly because Non is cool and has the best music taste of anyone I know, but also because it sounds like my kind of thing. Before I show you the covers, have a quick read of this synopsis:

When fifteen-year-old Hannah Sheppard discovers she’s pregnant, her life begins to crumble, and the people she thought she could rely on leave her floundering. She finds an unlikely friend in new boy Aaron Tyler, who up until now has avoided getting too close to anyone in case they discover the reason he left his previous school. An intense friendship develops between Hannah and Aaron – but will they ever trust the other enough to reveal the secrets they’re both so desperate to keep hidden?

Sounds good, doesn't it? Look out for it in the UK from early March 2014 (published by Walker) and in the US from June 10th, 2014 (published by Simon and Schuster). Now, on to the covers...

...*drumroll*...


 US



UK


Ta-da! Lovely, aren't they? Yet COMPLETELY different, as is usually the way with US and UK covers. I love that, though, because each cover represents that country's readership and target market. The US likes their drawings and doodles coupled with pastel colours, and that's showcased here with Trouble.

After a couple of weeks of deliberating and discussing at length with Non, I've come up with a favourite. Of course Non loves them both (as any author should), but I didn't write it so I'm allowed to single one out. I think. ;)

For me, the US cover just plain rocks. I love the colours and the drawing and the weighty themes conveyed through one simple snapshot. I also prefer the font used for the title and author name, BUT, I also like the UK cover!

I think the UK cover is a lot more in your face where the plot is concerned. It's not as subtle, instead choosing to go for a different, if slightly risque, approach. We all know what the pink circle and little tadpoles mean, right? RIGHT? They mean that poor Hannah is facing the biggest moment of her life, one that I wouldn't like to find myself with. Yikes. It's pretty clever how the O forms part of the title... well done, UK. I also like the colour - it'll definitely stand out in shops!

So, which do you prefer? Whether you like one, both, or none, please let us know (though be nice if you don't like them - Trouble isn't out in the world yet and is a bit self-conscious!).

Now, is it 2014 yet?

9 comments:

Vivienne Dacosta said...

I like the 'in your face' effect of the US cover. You guess straight away what the book is about. But it would probably be too graphic for the more reserved UK market.

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

I liked the UK one best. all the little sperm heading for the O made me laugh, which would encourage me read the blurb.

prophecygirl said...

Viv, the UK cover is the green one... is that the one you mean being in your face?

Rhys said...

I have to be honest, the US cover does look poorly illustrated. The tree's good -but everything else is a little basic, like it was cheaply (and quickly) produced. The UK cover is far more daring and original.

maya said...

Haha, I love the UK one - it's great! The colours used on both covers are really gorgeous, too.

caroline.taylor078 said...

The US cover for me hands down, I'm not a fan of the UK one as the big scribbled writing on a colourful background seems to be a big thing now and they just don't draw me in at all. I wouldn't even notice it in a bookstore.

Essjay said...

I like them both to be honest but I think the UK one just edges it for me - very eye-catching!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really, really love the US one, but the UK will definitely stand out and catch people's eye. Can't wait to read this!

worksbyclaire said...

I like them both, but prefer the UK one - great colours and graphics. The issue I have with the US one is that the stork is a very different type of illustration to the people, which looks pretty different to the tree. (And I'm not sure why the tree is even there...) Which makes it looks like the three elements come from different places and are stuck together.