Road Trip Wednesday: Undercover

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the ladies at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question for participants to respond to on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

Today’s Topic: What are your all-time favorite book covers?

Honestly, this post could have featured fifty book covers… there are SO many I love! But, I managed to narrow my choices to a few that really stand out…

The Sky is Everywhere – I love the contrast in colors, I love the simplicity, I love the asymmetrical heart, I love that this cover is so different from a lot of the YA covers out now. The new paperback version of The Sky is Everywhere is beautiful too, but personally, I’m partial to the original hardcover.

If I Stay – Another cover that’s clean, pretty, and completely encapsulates the mood and beautiful simplicity of the story. I love the burst of red and the font, especially that it’s all lowercase. Again, this book’s paperback cover is lovely, but I’ll always favor the hardcover.

Bad Taste in Boys – The only book on my list that I haven’t read yet! I just can’t get over the awesomeness. So striking. So unique.

In the Woods – The tree branches remind me of creepy fingers reaching out, which is so absolutely fitting to the mood of this novel. I love the contrast of the black and white, and the way the branches appear to fade into fog. Spooky.

Matched – I fell in love with this cover the moment I saw it. That green dress = Gorgeous. The futuristic font = Telling. Pretty girl trapped in a bubble = Intriguing, and so symbolic of Cassia’s journey.

Living Dead Girl – Ugh. That empty little girl’s dress. The domineering man’s leg standing above. The dead leaves. So haunting, right? I almost don’t even like to look at this cover because it reminds me too much of “Alice’s” experiences in the book. Very evocative.

The American Wife – Everything about this cover is perfect, perfect, perfect. Clean, prim, and proper. Just what we want to believe is true about the life of the First Lady. It almost made me envious of that fictional bride pictured. Then I read the book. All was not quite as perfect as it seemed…

Perfect Chemistry – What can I say, other than: HOT. The way he’s touching her face, the way she closes her eyes… These models look exactly the way I picture Alex and Brittany, which makes me love this cover even more. I also love the blurring of the title’s font,  representative of the fast, page-turning quality of this book.

The Giver – So timeless. I love the contrast of the old, withered hand next to the young eager ones. I love the glimmer of light that’s being passed along. I love the dark, mysterious landscape in the background. This is by far my favorite of the many cover versions of The Giver.

So, those are some of my favorite book covers… Which stand out to you?

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16 responses to “Road Trip Wednesday: Undercover

  1. Oh, that last one is amazing. Great choices! I like Matched, too.

  2. Well, I must now read Bad Taste in Boys based on THAT cover!

    I almost had Matched and If I Stay on my list! It’s so hard to choose!

  3. Great covers! I really like the one for Matched.

  4. I almost included AMERICAN WIFE, too! Something about the clasped hands says a lot about the character (maybe a hint of unease)? It’s thoughtful and pretty.
    Great choices–I love all of these.

  5. I like the sugar coated lips. That’s intriguing.

  6. I love the hardcover of If I Stay. It’s what caught my attention before I heard all the hype surrounding it. And Bad Taste in Boys is the kind of cover you can’t look past. They did a really great job with that.

  7. Bad Taste in Boys makes me want to lick my lips, lol. Love this list. I almost included If I Stay and The Sky is Everywhere on mine, too!

  8. I love that you put American Wife in there. Katy, I suspect you have a thing with pretty dresses. Just saying.

  9. Bad Taste In Boys is such a great cover. I’ve never read it, but the cover definitely tempts me.

  10. I never saw that cover for The Giver. It’s gorgeous.

  11. My two favorites of yours are The Sky is Everywhere (love the title, too) and Bad Taste in Boys. The crystal-coated lips look like they’re more sour than sweet to me.

  12. Ooh, BAD TASTE IN BOYS! I love that cover! So eye-catching and creative. (The book was awesome, too.) 🙂

  13. Love the Bad Taste In Boys cover too! It’s on my list – and frankly, this was one I wanted just because I liked the cover!
    I haven’t read Living Dead Girl – but that cover is excellent, if not chilling.
    Great list, Katy!

  14. Great covers. I love that Into the Trees one. The branches look like blood vessels. Creepy!

  15. I love all of these, too! Bad Taste In Boys is seriously so awesome.

  16. Wow, love those sugar coated lips! It could be mistaken for diamonds too. Very cool post!