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 vs. UK: Loveless by Alice Oseman
I’m in love. Specifically with the US cover of Loveless.
Look at that beauty. This cover has Georgia, the main character, dead center in the cover solo amongst a sea of couples talking, kissing, and vibing together. These couples seem to emphasize the types of people and interactions—the whole romantic interest with the crushing and kissing and stuff—that Georgia do not really understand. You can see the confusion and slight yearning in Georgia’s face. Also, I love that shades of purple used in this, and that the only colors used are to emphasize the actual characters in the book.
Alice Oseman is super talented. I love that she wrote the book AND illustrated the cover.
The UK cover is very simple, but that’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t need intricate design or embellishments to portray what happens in Loveless. I love that it’s just simply a line drawing of a girl holding onto a heart with lots of hearts floating above it. It’s super cute. It looks like the girl is trying to make sense of the heart—the romance, the love—that she doesn’t understand. Also, the background color—the bright purple—is super eye-catching; it does a good job jumping out at readers.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? The US cover!!!!! Always and forever.