Yup, gonna throw my .02 in the ring on Justine Larbalestier’s LIAR cover. And if Justine got even a quarter of the .02 cents accumulating, she wouldn’t have to write anymore.
There’s quite a buzz about this book, but especially its cover.
In case you didn’t know (and if you’re bookish, you already do), Justine Larbalestier’s fall novel, LIAR, is about teen girl who happens to be a compulsive liar. Although the character is a self-admitted liar, I doubt her description of herself, black with hair so short and nappy she’s been mistaken for a boy, is false.
So the question around (book) town is why does the cover depict someone who is so clearly not nappy headed or of color?
Karen Strong pondered if it wasn’t perhaps a clever twist on the protag being a liar. That she’s so much so that even her description of herself are in doubt.
I wish it were that abstract and crafty, but I can’t convince my gut that’s so.
Don’t get me wrong, I have no idea why the character on the cover is nothing like it’s described within…but I don’t think that’s it.
Is this yet another step backward in the war to provide more diverse books for readers of all colors? Would a nappy headed character depicted on the cover be death to sales? Would it have only drawn the curiosity of readers of color? And if so, is that equivalent to death to sales as opposed to the coveted mainstream love?
Editorial Anonymous thinks we should speak with our dollars. Maybe not in the way you’re thinking, either.
EDITED TO ADD: Justine speaks out about the cover.