We know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this year’s young adult covers are just so beautiful that we can’t help ourselves. From subtle simplicity to bright and bold, these covers are ushering in a whole new era of experimentation and design.
So what’s “in” for YA this year? In the contemporary genre, unique handwritten fonts are gracing dozens of covers, and plenty of images are taking cue from Instagram with that signature blue-green filter that makes everything look better.
In fantasy and sci-fi, we’re seeing tons of black and gold on covers, two colors that can either signal fantastical realms…or the end of the world as we know it. But best of all—no matter the author, series, or the publisher—everyone is trying something fresh and new.
Check out the list!
The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes (HarperTeen)
Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams (Blink Young Adult)
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise by Matthew Crow (Simon Pulse)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill)
Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat (HarperTeen)
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (Bloomsbury)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (Blazer + Bray)
Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen (Blink Young Adult)
Love, Fortunes, and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius (Swoon Reads / Macmillan)
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (HarperCollins)
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne (Dial)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Company)
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout (St. Martin’s Griffin)