Judge a Book by its Cover | Cover Guessing Challenge

As soon as I saw this challenge on TinyObsessions, I knew I had to do it! 

How it works:

I’ll provide the cover of a book that I don’t know the synopsis of and I will try to come up with one based on the cover.  Then I’ll compare it to the actual goodreads synopsis and see how I did.

Armada by Ernest Cline

  

Me:

An insecure guy discovers this video game can take him through time. He discovers himself in 3025, where he meets this robot-girl who he falls in love with—but wait, she’s still a robot. Faced with this dilemma, he has no idea what to do. Also, this video game war breaks out and the weapons are green triangle bombs.

Or is that Ready Player One? Crap…

Goodreads:

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.
And then he sees the flying saucer.
Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. 
No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.
It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?
At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.
Verdict:

Well. Okay. So I was a little off.

But there is a video game involved. And perhaps green triangle bombs, that’s still unclear.

No, I wouldn’t count this as a win. *sigh*

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  
Me:

This book is about a middle-schooler named Alex with Native-American descent, who enjoys playing Cowboys and Indians. He struggles to find his identity, grow up, and deal with bullying. Solid coming-of-age contemporary, my friends.

Goodreads:

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
Verdict:

HA. I WAS SORT OF RIGHT.

This is about a boy of Native American descent and it’s a coming-of-age story about growing up. 

Therefore, I will count this as a win because I’m already growing a bit desperate.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  

Me:

A troubled young man has a smoking problem. He also is a writer. One day a government official takes his matches that the young man uses to smoke and torches all of his writings and books. The young man begins to question himself. Is smoking really worth it? Also, Can I get away with killing a government official?

Moral of the story: Don’t smoke.

Goodreads:

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.
Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.
Verdict:

At least I got that fire was involved. Also books.

This is a lot harder than you would think, okay?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

  

Me:

This young man travels to this mysterious island consisting of forest and this strange little school. Miss Peregrine is the principal of the boarding school for the peculiar children and makes the young man, Fred, a teacher. But things are not how they seem…

Goodreads:

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
Vedict:

YO I GOT THE ISLAND PART. Plus there’s a young man. And things aren’t how they seem. I’m so good. *pats shoulder*

Looking for Alaska by John Green

  

Me:

A troubled teen is shipped to boarding school where he has trouble making friends because he’s an overall a very troubled person. Then this girl named Alaska befriends him, except she’s terminally ill. Then one day she disappears. So the troubled teen goes looking for Alaska, and finds himself in the process.

Goodreads:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

Verdict:

I got the boarding school part, plus the girl named Alaska. And it says she’s self-destructive, so it’s entirely possible that’s she’s terminally ill. And anyone names Pudge has got to be a troubled person. Think of all the trauma.

This was so much fun! I tag all of you to give it a try!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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23 thoughts on “Judge a Book by its Cover | Cover Guessing Challenge

  1. 🙂 Well I hope so too, but I keep dropping by comments like that (guilty face here) and making drafts, and… And… And… ITS SO OVERWHELMING!!!!! Haha not to mention we’ve only done three reviews…
    -Amy

  2. I’ve read three books written by John Green – The fault in our stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper towns. All his books have amazing characters but super simple stories. Looking for Alaska seemed like a letdown precisely because of this fact.
    Hilarious post by the way! 🙂

  3. Well, I notice that Nikki has already commented, and there’s no way I can possibly top her compliments, so I’m just going to have to have you trust me when I say that I love the post and you just as much as she does. 🙂 Maybe we can do this sometime! Wish me luck!
    -Amy

  4. I’ve never seen anything like this, but it as very entertaining! 🙂

    I’ve read all these novels here and they are all really great books, especially The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I didn’t think it would be, but it really is good.

  5. This is a funny one. You are pretty good at guessing these.

    Btw all of the books on your list here are amazing! Especially The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It might be one of the best YA books ever!

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