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 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 novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Release: November 13, 2012
Meant to be or not meant to be…that is the question.As a principle, I dislike kissing covers- mostly because they are such a cliché for romance novels. However, there are the select few that go beyond just the picture of a couple locked at the lips and add a touch of originality. Meant to Be is one of these.
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").
But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.
Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.
Meant to Be takes two distinct styles-whimsical and artsy-and combines them to create a cover that is gorgeous in a quirky way. The first thing that caught my eye was the fan of colors overlaid by bubbles in the backdrop that lends a fun feeling to the image. I then noticed the city skyline layered underneath, adding a touch of poise.
This unrealistic background paired with the lifelike people and grass in the foreground creates a wonderful picture that looks like something out of a scrapbook. If this book is half as unique as its cover promises, it will be a smashing success.