TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads.
The question this week is: What are some of the worst book covers, but hold some of the best stories inside?
Oh, I know. In the YA genre they are aplenty. I’ll just list a couple that really stick out in my mind.
The expression on her face, the scarf, the hands…it looks so cheesy. It’s a book I would have been embarrassed to buy had I not known better (OK, I was still embarrassed). But between those covers is so much humor (really. I laughed out loud so many times), such sweetness and romance and swoon. And there is Anna—who is a fabulous main character— and her gigantic crush on St. Clair, who has a certain endearing charm about him. And there’s Paris, you guys. Paris. I love this book.
Sigh. I feel so bad always ragging on the covers of Sarah Dessen books, but they’re bad. They have mostly headless people and even though they try to convey what the book is about, they come off looking like something I want to hide behind another book. And the reason I always, always talk about these books is because Dessen is a fantastic author. Her words are beautiful, her stories are good, her heroines are strong and she writes perfectly imperfect swoony boys. She is a YA goddess, but you’d never know that by looking at legs and iPods.
Over the years I’ve become so used to these covers that I sometimes forget that at first glance they can be kind of horrifying. Now, I’m totally into seeing the characters and how they’re envisioned, but back when I first saw these books I was completely distracted by Jace’s nipples. I mean, I’m not saying he looks baaad, but I don’t need that much detail. And I don’t mind shirtlessness (esp. in the case of Jace) but, I don’t know…maybe it’s that they’re just right there, front and center saying “Look at me!’. Whatever it is, these books are so excellent. I love this series , but whenever I recommend them to someone they ask if it’s the books with the nipple guy. Just sayin.