Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you can't judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance of the book is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the books themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights the covers of upcoming books I am excited to read.
My Life in Black and White by Natasha Friend
Release: June 28, 2012
What if you lost the thing that made you who you are? Lexi has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi's face goes through a windshield. Now she's not sure what's worse: the scars she'll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she's much more than just a pretty face.
I think the reason this cover works so well is the contrast between the picture of the girl's face and the triangles scattered in front of it. The image of the girl is very soft and subdued, glowing almost, which is set off perfectly by the harsh blacks and whites of the geometric shapes.
Like so many other covers, this one features a girl with flowing hair. (I never even noticed this trend until I read Chick Lit Teen's post, Top Ten Favorite Covers (Not Featuring Girls With Flowing Hair,) but now I am seeing flowing hair left and right!) However, I like that the hair is not the only thing My Life in Black and White has going for it. You don't even get the full effect of the flowy-ness, as much of the hair is cut out, and the triangles covering the image add another layer of visuals to focus on.
All in all, I am highly anticipating My Life in Black and White's June 28th release date. What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments!