In my introductory post, I mentioned that this blog would be dedicated to the world of YA covers. Not about whether the pages within were worth anyone’s time. Not about whether I loved the story or not. These posts won’t encourage people to “Go, buy this right now!” or “Aack! Stay away! Its cover is ugly!” That’s not the point here, peeps — and besides, more often than not, I’ll be reviewing covers to novels I haven’t even read yet.
I realize that a lot of authors are at the mercy of their publishers when it comes to final cover design, and oftentimes it’s just as much a surprise to them as it is to their readers.
I sure was surprised when I first laid eyes on this cover:
For some reason, I felt like this was a real Photoshopped piece of work that took a little layering. Step 1: Insert road. Step 2: Insert mountainscape. Step 3: Insert novel’s title with a nice graphical play on words using the story’s premise.
Then, wait, what? Step 4: INSERT TEENAGERS LYING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD?
NOW on to the fist-shaking! EGAD Simon Pulse, what on earth were you thinking?
“They’re gonna get hit by a car!” was my first reaction when I saw this cover. I feared for their safety. Um, aren’t there safer places to make out, kids? I knew this novel was a story about a Bad Boy on the Run, but…well, let’s just say I hope he doesn’t get run over by a car in the process.