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.
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Release: May 28, 2013
Right now, the world is screaming, "summer!" and this book is screaming, "summer!" and most of all this cover is screaming, "summer!" The season is on the tip of everyone’s tongues at this time of year, and it is therefore the perfect moment for these colors to creep up and grab potential readers' gazes. Wild Awake's cover is so tantalizingly bright, and even better, the girl gracing it looks so confidently alive that all I want to do is curl up with this book while warm wind from my open window brushes my hair from my face. This cover has sparked the spirit of summer inside me, and I am eagerly awaiting a copy to read soon after school closes for two months.Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:1. You will remember to water the azaleas.2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.Things that actually happen:1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.2. He says he has her stuff.3. What stuff? Her stuff.4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—6. You pick up a pen.7. You scribble down the address.8. You get on your bike and go.9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.**also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.