One of my favorite authors when I was a teen was Lurlene McDaniel. Yep, the overly sentimental, medical dramas* featuring teens who were dying or near death and, of course, in love. I was a teen during her heyday, though she’s far from slowing down. Like Richard Peck, her covers have changed a lot over the years. What always seemed to work for her, though, was that her series books featured very similar cover styles — and boy was she ever the series writer! I loved them.
I though it’d be fun to take that walk down memory lane:
Breathless 2009. Interestingly, my co-booktalker talked this book in the winter. She didn’t know Lurlene McDaniel was a pretty prolific writer for teens prior to reading this. It’s so different looking from her other titles.
What do you think? Are you a Lurlene McDaniel fan? Any cover favorites?
* This doesn’t mean they’re not good books; they’re definitely of a specific drama that has such appeal to teens. I still like her books, since they’re quick reads with at least one strong and memorable character. And some aren’t even medically-related. Those were the ones that I ate up like crazy, though.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot. She's the author of IT HAPPENS: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader and the forthcoming Feminism For The Real World (Algonquin Young Readers, Spring 2017).