I can’t stop highlighting the importance of a good cover. This is the first impression the reader gets for your book, it has to be impressive but also relatable to the theme of your book.
I’ve always loved going through books in a library, I usually browse through the Newly Released area and kind of pick up the ones that stand out to me. This is the same thing I do on the GoodReads YA New Releases. I basically scroll down and open in a new tab the ones that really interest me, then I proceed to read the excerpt and decide whether I’ll read it or not. I know, many people say “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and that’s true because I’ve read some amazing books because of recommendations from friends and not really paying attention to the cover. This does not mean the book cover is not important, it is!
I’m going to show you the three books that stood out to me in the New YA Releases of 2014 because of their covers:
Author: Erin Fletcher
When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Author: Stasia Ward Kehoe
For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.
Author: Caroline Bock
Dreamy, poetic Claire, seventeen, has spent the last few months taking care of her six-year-old sister, Izzy, as their mother lies in a hospital bed recovering from a stroke. Claire believes she has everything under control until she meets “Brent” online. Brent appears to be a kindred spirit, and Claire is initially flattered by his attention. But when she meets Max, the awkward state senator’s son, her feelings become complicated.
After reading the excerpt and what the book is about, I make my final decision to add it to my Goodreads shelve “Want To Read” or not. In this particular case, I’ve added 2 out of the 3 books I’ve shown you here. These are: Before My Eyes and Where You’ll Find Me. Let me know which ones would you have chosen, just based on their covers and maybe the synopsis?