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.
US versus UK: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
Look at the cuteness of the You Know Me Well covers!
Both the US and the UK cover of You Know Me Well keeps with the San Francisco setting by illustrating the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge. I love that! Both covers take this bridge and does something similar, but also slightly different from each other.
For the US cover, you can see the majority of the span Golden Gate Bridge. (It’s obviously not to scale, but it’s cute.) The background has this beautiful ombré, which I love because the way the colors gradually change from dark to light is a great way of illustrating the different scenery. The night sky is situated where the dark colors are with all the polka dots for stars, and the water is situated below in the lighter colors with the squiggles to emphasize the waves. I love the way the color of the book title matches the polka stars. Everything about this cover is frickin’ cute.
For the UK cover, the Golden Gate Bridge is more of a close up with a view of one of the bridge towers, and it’s in a hot pink color! (Not quite the red that we usually see on the Golden Gate Bridge, but close enough!) The color palette looks so pretty—you have the hot pink with the pale yellow and pale mint background, which all works so well with each other. It’s not overwhelming to look at, which is so great. However, I’m not a fan of the font used for the title nor of the way it’s placed on the cover. It’s kind of awkward.
Final Verdict: Which cover would I pick? The US one all the way!