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Many Covers Monday: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

by - March 19, 2018

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. 

 Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I really love the US cover. It keeps the air of mystery by covering the faces of the main characters, while at the same time leaving what they actually look like open to our own interpretation. The UK cover is a very stereotypical one and I don't like the choice of the black text in between the red.

The Dutch cover is pretty bad. One of my biggest pet peeves is covers made with very little effort and this shows why. The people are clearly stock images, taken by different photographers and the different angles really don't work. A 2x2 grid of four different people staring face on like the bottom left, half in shadow would have been an incredible effect. I love the German cover though, you can clearly see which character is which if you read the book and the text is placed perfectly.

The Indonesian cover is giving me a contemporary romance feel which is really confusing. The line drawn faces in the background are wonderfully creepy, though I would have chosen red, the pink just adds to the romance feel. Italian is nicely done, I can clearly see that that's meant to be Simon, the character that died.

The Romanian cover is pretty cool and definitely eye catching, I just question the use of Orange. I guess Russia wasn't allowed to use the original US cover so simply remade it, and this doesn't work as well. The paper doesn't fit over their faces as well and the girl bottom right has more of her showing that the others, which is pretty distracting.

The Serbian cover is great, I love the yellow on red effect with the lined paper. The Swedish cover is just horrible, I hate obvious photoshop and this looks like a bad soap opera about football, probably due to the use of that font. 

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