I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
COVER CHANGE: Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
Two things I love: 1. the cover uses only two distinct colors—the purple and the bright green—and 2. I love that the drawings are divided because it looks like the beds and tables are situated like an actual dorm room (even though readers don’t really see their lives in the dorm). I like how the block of the title emphasizes that the characters are still separated from each other, and in the book, they’re living across the country before college.
It’s a cover that it isn’t very common in YA, which I love.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Eh, maybe.
The coloring of this cover, no. Who thought it was a good idea to use cross-processing film on this? Because this is too much. It’s so oversaturated. The colors are intense and very orange. It looks like a filter that was popular with teenagers seven years ago, and I don’t want that to be brought back (because dear god, my eyes!).
I don’t like this photograph because it’s extremely misleading. It looks as if the two characters are embarking on a road trip together. However, from what I remember about Roomies, no, that isn’t the case. There’s no road trip in sight.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Hahahaha, no.
Final Verdict: I guess the hardcover.