“Okay, I know this cover looks stupid but I promise you this is an awesome book.”
“Yeah, that emo girl isn’t really representative of the story. In fact … she doesn’t even have bleach blonde hair. It’s actually brown.”
“What do the flowers mean? Uhhhh….”
“I DON’T KNOW WHY SHE’S WEARING A DRESS EITHER!”
You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? It’s because we’ve all said something along these lines, often accompanied by a snarky eye roll. The YA coversphere isn’t exactly permeated with fantastic cover art that stands out, unfortunately. You walk into the teen section of your library or bookstore and you know exactly where you are, and not because of some giant sign announcing your location, either. Step over into the land of fiction, and voila, you’ve stepped into a country where the cover design gods have clearly given their blessing.
The same goes for my favorite cover design websites, like The Book Cover Archive. Don’t go searching and expecting to see YA cover art over there. You won’t find it.
I have a point here, I promise. And it’s this: Publishers, teens deserve good cover design, too.