Another cover double that snuck up on me. Now this one may or may not be the same photo, depending on what you believe could be done with a little image editing. Chances are it could have been the same photo shoot (again, depending on what you believe about image editing). But it’s a striking image, and I think both covers work it quite well.
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly (Holt, May 2010): I love this cover. It’s dark, but it’s also got a feeling of hope to it. The girl is reaching out, and there’s something in her stance and body language that feels promising to me. Like she knows she can achieve something. It fits so well with the book, too.
Then there’s this one:
Stick by Andrew Smith (Feiwel and Friends, October 2011): I haven’t read this one, but the cover again gives such a good vibe. The book deals with a physical deformity and sexuality and the cover again gives a bit of that hopeful vibe within the dark.
In both covers, the composition is similar — the person is in the lower right-hand part of the book, reaching in the same spot for the sky. I think the title and author font and placement works a little bit better on Smith’s book, simply because I think the font stands out a little more against the image.
Does one do it better than the other? Know of any other similar covers floating around? Share your thoughts!
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).