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 cannot 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.
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Release: May 1, 2013
Colorful and immediately eye-catching, Transparent's cover is sure to catch readers' eyes. It is a classic design, one that could be found on many YA books, but the diaphanous girl and the stunningly bright city and dark outlines of people behind her create an interesting, layered look that I love. Best of all, it has a distinctly urban vibe, what with the crowded street and neon sign-esque title, and I hope that, although the summary mentions a small town, this feeling will carry over into parts of the book. All of this transforms the cover into a huge teaser that makes me desperate to see if the story carries the radiant aura I am now expecting, and I am anticipating it almost as much as a real trip to a beautiful big city.Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.