Covers are the face of a book. They are the thing that captures a reader's attention whilst perusing the shelves at a bookstore. Ever since I first started reading, covers have enchanted me, which is precisely why I began Cover Judge. Every week I feature the cover of an upcoming novel on my wishlist, so that everyone can revel in its beauty. Or, in the case of this week's cover, its whimsicality.
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Release: November 13, 2012
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.
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.
Cover: Ever since The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I have been drawn to quirkily romantic covers. This is one of those covers, and if the summary is to be believed, the story it contains will be equally enjoyable. What struck me immediately about the cover was how fun it was. The colors, the fonts - it is all so whimsical. I especially like the silhouette of Big Ben in the background, made to look all the more artsy with the multicolored rays in front of it. The figures in the middle also have an artistic, theatrical effect to them. The whole thing reminds me of a colorful scrapbook. It looks charming and entertaining and serendipitous. This cover has won me over, as has the summary. I cannot wait!