Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cover Love #10

So, to be honest, I was a bit disappointed in the poll turnout from the last Cover Love. I don't know if that means Cover Love is so unpopular that you all didn't even make it to the poll or what. However, those who were kind enough to vote and/or leave a comment were unanimously supportive, so we'll continue for now. (But seriously, your input is important. If y'all don't really like this meme, I don't want to waste my time or yours.)

Moving on! This week's cover belongs to a contemporary novel, and while it may not be full of swirly fonts and lens flares, I love the way the picture sets up the story. I want you to look at the picture. Tell me what you see, what it evokes. Then scroll down and read the synopsis.

What if you lost the thing that made you who you are?

Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi's face goes through a windshield. Now she's not sure what's worse: the scars she'll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she's much more than just a pretty face.

I don't know about you, but I saw this cover and all the scattered triangles and thought "broken glass." Taken in parts, nothing about this cover seems terribly traumatic, but all I could see was this blonde getting a face full of broken glass. That's a well-designed cover, my friends!

Of course, now that I read the back, I can pick out a few pieces. The bright light, for instance, may very well be the headlights of an oncoming car. Perhaps Lexi's car swerved to avoid said car and that's how she ended up going through the windshield. The font mimics handwriting, which makes sense given the first-person title, and the purple really pops. And, of course, the model's pretty. I mean, the synopsis harps on how pretty she was before the accident, so that makes complete sense. I just hate it when the models don't match the actual character description.

What do you think of this cover? Does it work for you? What would you change? And what cover do you love this week?