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.
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna
Release: July 11, 2013
Honestly, must I even say anything here? There is a panda. No, multiple pandas. And the model is bestowing a kiss on one of their noses while wearing a five-tiered skirt and striped tights. All of this combined with the artfully casual title treatment dropping down from the sky on a pink bubble as if merely an afterthought makes The Theory of Everything more quirky, unique, and whimsical looking than any other YA novel…ever. All of this is perfect in its ability to capture a reader's attention, but my favorite part about it is the way it creates questions about the book's contents. If you are anything like me, you want to know more about this girl, her relationship with the bear-costumed people, and every other aspect of her life. I am fascinated, and would be quite surprised if anyone was not after glancing at this entirely original cover.One part Libba Bray's Going Bovine, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.