I have to admit, most of the time it feels like a paperback’s cover gets treated like the red-headed step-child when it comes to cover design. It kind of sulks in the shadow of its hardcover older sibling, hoping that someone will pay just as much attention to it, and not because of the cheaper price.
But every now and then you have some gems that outshine their older siblings.
I’ve been wanting to Cover Love Madeleine George’s Looks for some time now. Trouble was, I struggled with finding a hi-res version of it on the internet. I decided to venture out to my bookstore and snap a photo of it in the wild, and I’m definitely glad I did.
Because, dear reader, of this:
Of all the paperback covers I’ve seen, this is hands-down my absolute favorite. I’m tagging this one with genius because of two different elements that come together perfectly on such a stark and simple cover:
- Simplicity: There’s nothing busy about this cover. I love its minimal color scheme and ample negative space.
- Title: Similar to its hardcover sibling, it works in the shadows and figures of an overweight and very thin girl. But this cover does it within its title. I’d love to give this cover’s designer an endless amount of high-fives for this.
I was <–this–> close to buying Looks that day. When I get out from under my pile of TBR books, this one will be purchased immediately.