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I blogged about the whitewashing of the cover for Liar a couple of weeks back.

It went from this:

Liar by  Justine Larbalestier

To this:

New Liar Cover

Larbalestier writes:

As you’ve probably heard by now Liar is getting a new cover for its publication in October.1 First Bloomsbury considered going with the Australian jacket of Liar and specifically with the black and red version you can see here because that would be the easiest thing to do. The design already exists after all and the window to make the change was very narrow.

However, given the paucity of black faces on YA covers, and the intensity of the debate around the original Liar cover, Bloomsbury felt really strongly that a more representative approach was needed. Rather than using a stock photo, Bloomsbury went the whole hog and did a photo shoot.

Well, it just shows that shitstorms and public outcries sometimes do work.


  • I was very pleased to hear about the cover change. I’m curious to see how well ‘Liar’ sells with all the controversy surrounding it. My bet is that it’ll actually help sales.


  • Glad they are changing it. Gotta say, I like the new cover better. That first one creeps me out some.


  • Mireya
    August 9
    2:18 pm

    wow, I like the new one quite a bit (even if I had not known about the issues with it). The other one looked creepy to me.


  • Anon76
    August 9
    2:40 pm

    Oh, that new cover is much better. So glad everything worked out.


  • Cool! Very pretty.
    Yeah, the first one does remind me just a little of that girl from the Grudge movie.


  • I love the new cover. It’s really striking and beautiful. I will definitely buy a few copies for the young adults in my life (and one for me!)


  • Marianne McA
    August 10
    9:35 am

    That’s so good. And a better cover too. If I see it in October, I’ll buy a copy.


  • New cover is much better. The first one makes me think of the “Grudge” movies for some reason, and I notice I’m not the only one to think that way.


  • B
    August 11
    10:05 am

    So I guess I’m the only one bothered by the fact that the cover still does not accurately represent the character in the book.

    That girl is barely darker than me and I’m only a few steps above albino.


  • Maybe it’s not so much the shitstorm and public outcry. Maybe it’s the power you wield. It’s a little fierce.


  • Glad somebody at Bloomsbury was actually paying attention.
    Hope Justine sells a ton.


  • Mora
    August 14
    3:40 am

    B-I’m pretty sure the MC is of mixed ethnicities, so being a lighter skinned woman of color seems plausible, at least to me.


  • I like the new cover, but this model doesn’t look as young, and that might not be as helpful in the YA market.


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