The covers themselves are fine, but as a collection of the ‘best of,’ they’re all too minimal for my taste, and seem to run toward one idea of aesthetics. So I wondered what covers would be on my ‘best of’ list for 2014. I got into a great conversation on Twitter about what YA covers of 2014 people loved, and thought I’d share a few of my picks here. Some of these I’ve read and loved and some of these I haven’t gotten the chance to read yet, but their covers are so appealing I just had to include them.
Bleed Like Me by Chrisa Desir
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Beware the Wild by Natalie Parker
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Some of these covers, like Bleed Like Me or The Half Life of Molly Pierce or Stitching Snow are striking just upon first look. Others, like Breakfast Served Anytime or We Were Liars or Far From You are gorgeous when you first see them, but become even more meaningful once you’ve finished the book. And some just appeal to me for my own aesthetic preferences, like Isla and the Happily Ever After andBlue Lily, Lily Blue(love those blue-green tones).
And, of course, I have a very special place in my heart for The Chance You Won’t Return‘s cover.
Totally biased, of course, but I think Candlewick did a great job with with one.
In case you need even more great YA covers, check out this list from Buzzfeed–special thanks to Liz Maguire!
I know we’re not supposed to judge books based on their covers, but what are some of your favorite YA covers of 2014?
“When we fail to talk about sexuality, when we fail to clearly define consent, when we fail to acknowledge the various way that rape culture infuses itself into our daily lives, we fail our kids.” Christa, you are the best.
When I saw the cover for the first time, I literally jumped away from my desk I was so excited. I’m big into colors connecting with emotions, and the team at Candlewick has totally captured the vibe of the novel with this cover. I seriously cannot wait to see it out in the world.
And if that’s not cool enough, the Fourteenery is also giving away the amazing Far From You by Tess Sharpe. Tess’s writing is stunning, and I’m pretty sure this is going to be the big YA thriller of 2014.
“If you allow [characters] to do what they’re going to do, think and feel what they’re going to think and feel, things start to happen on their own. It’s a beautiful and exciting alchemy.” I love this feeling.
What a beautiful animated interpretation of “The Me Bird” by Pablo Neruda:
I like that it’s a true inspiration piece, not a video with the poem appearing as text or read aloud. A great reminder, just before National Poetry Month, that poems can inspire all sorts of works of art.