So here’s a 2012 cover trend that can be shelved beside girls hanging out under water and getting up close and personal with shoes and that’s the almost-kiss. It’s by no means a new trend, but it’s one that the more I see it, the less I can distinguish the books from one another — and some are even the same teens in the picture. For me as an adult reader (and I know I’m not the target demographic), these covers aren’t the kind I like being seen in public with. In fact, I’ll take off the dust jacket for hardcover books that have the almost-kiss on the cover. But more frustrating, I think, is not all of these books are about the romance. Some are, but not all of them are, and I think in depicting the cover image as the almost-kiss, the book is being branded as only one thing. It’ll automatically turn off many readers — the Vivian cover I linked to above? My teens really don’t like it because it makes the book look like it’s a romance when in fact, it’s a story with a lot of great feminist messages in it.
Here’s a sample of this year’s almost-kiss covers. Are there others? What are your thoughts? All descriptions are from WorldCat.