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The Monday Poll: Vintage YA Book Covers That Could Use a Makeover

2014 August 4
by Allison Tran
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The Princess Diaries isn't one of the choices in this poll, but we thought Mia Thermopolis' iconic makeover was apropos

The Princess Diaries isn’t one of the choices in this poll, but we thought Mia Thermopolis’ iconic makeover was apropos.

Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we asked you to weigh in on the book with your your favorite plot twist in YA lit. 31% of you voted for We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, 19% of you voted for I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier, and 14% voted for Across the Universe by Beth Revis. We also had a couple of great suggestions in the comments: Mary Pearson’s latest book, The Kiss of Deception, and Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted and commented!

This week, we’re taking a look at the covers of some of our favorite “vintage” YA books. For the purposes of this poll, we’ll define vintage as 20 years or older. I know, I know– 20 years ago might feel like just yesterday to some of us, let’s face facts: it’s beyond the age of today’s teens, and might as well be ancient history. Now, as the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but again, facing facts: we all judge a book by its cover, and even a cover that looked fresh and eye-catching when it debuted might not catch the eye of contemporary young readers.

So, which “vintage” YA book do you think could reach a new audience with the magic of a cover makeover? Choose from the options below or share your opinion in the comments.

Which vintage YA book could use a cover makeover?

  • The Cat Ate My Gym Suit by Paula Danziger (31%, 27 Votes)
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (26%, 23 Votes)
  • Interstellar Pig by William Sleator (17%, 15 Votes)
  • Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan (10%, 9 Votes)
  • Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt (9%, 8 Votes)
  • Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames (7%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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