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bookbed recommends: Cleverly Designed YA Book Covers

by KB Meniado

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A cover can make or break a buy. A headless face on your most coveted novel? No, thank you. A Harlequin Romance-ish cover on a bestseller? I think I’ll pass.

While I was taught not to judge a book by its cover, today’s many innovative designs make it an injustice to find one – well-written or full fluff – that’s poorly packaged. For me, it just brings a more securing feeling to hold and/or be surrounded by books that have subtle yet cleverly designed covers.

Because I missed the two previous months’ Recommended Reads, I’m making up for it by sharing with you not only one or two, but FOUR! of my most favorite YA book covers. (I picked YA because this genre is having the most fun in terms of cover design at the moment. And also because YA is the best, haha!)

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For paperbacks, I chose Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl and Natalie Standiford’s How To Say Goodbye in Robot (a gift, by the way, from Mensis Liber! Read our feature here).

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Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, How To Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

Stargirl, as you can see, is as literal as it gets. There’s a hand-drawn yellow star above a stick figure of a girl. I love it because it’s simple and clean but still eye-catching. Aside from its obvious implication, I also look at the star as a guiding light and/or a symbol of hope, which is what this book actually somehow imparts. #deep

Meanwhile, How To Say Goodbye in Robot is pure genius. The phone handset on the cover is dangling, as if the one who used it received an important or shocking message and left it hanging. Not really as if, because there lies the strong story beneath that cover. Also, it is in pink, which is in high contrast to the mood of the book.

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Onto the hard covers, I chose A.S. King’s Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Wendelin Van Draanen’s Flipped because their designs use colors uncommon to most YA books. For instance, yellow green is something I’d associate with ick and white does not really translate to excitement. But these two covers make it work because they have elements, such as the vintage lighter for Please Ignore Vera Dietz and the real-life chick for Flipped, that play significant central roles in each of the books’ stories.

Next time you’re at a bookstore, consider checking these out and let me know how you find them. ☁

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KB Meniado is bookbed’s Head Cheer Reader. In the words of writer Orhan Pamuk, she read a book one day and her whole life was changed. Follow her @heykebe on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

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