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Celebrity Doppelgangers on YA Covers

Thanks to November 12th’s Top Ten Tuesday and some long-standing issues of my own, I’ve noticed that more and more YA cover models seem to resemble celebrities. Has anyone else noticed this? Is this planned to help get people to pick up this books? Pure coincidence? Am I seeing things that other people don’t!? Regardless, I want to share these covers with you so we can rant/rave/gripe about them together!


Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Hey, that cover model totally looks like…! Emilie de Ravin

I honestly SWORE that this cover model WAS Emilie de Ravin when I first saw the cover and Googled to try to prove it. No one confirms nor denies, but the resemblance is UNCANNY. I may still think it’s her…..


Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Hey, that cover model totally looks like…! John Mayer
Also noticed by… Maggie from Just A Couple More Pages


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Hey, that cover model totally looks like…! Angelina Jolie
Also noticed by… Amy from Tripping Over Books


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Hey, that cover model totally looks like…! Maggie Grace

Okay, okay, I know we can only see part of her face, but still! Resemblance?!

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame
Hey, those cover models totally look like…! Dakota Fanning, a young Winona Rider, Whitney Port, and Warren Kole


The upcoming release Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Hey, that cover model totally looks like…!
 Blake Lively


Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
Hey, that cover model totally looks like…!
 Casey Wilson

Okay, ALL I see are celebrities here. Was this intentional? Did everyone in this time period look like a famous person? I just can’t help but see the similarities!

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So what do you think — Is it just me or are more and more YA covers featuring celebrity doppelgängers? What do you think of my match-ups? Any ones that I missed?

Top Ten Tuesday – November 12, 2013: Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign


It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:  Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Well, of course I spent WAY too much time on this, deciding to redesign the covers myself. Therefore, you only get two today because I am in no way a graphic designer and ideas as well as Photoshop take me forever hahaha. The “new designs” aren’t fantastic either (again, lack of skillz), but you’ll get the gist of what I wish they could be!


The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler

This is one of my FAVORITE books and the cover does it no justice. I do love the purple on the original cover but what a STOCK IMAGE. God, I hate that book folded into a heart. The flower, the book, ugh. Just has nothing to do with the book (well, the book does, but not the way it’s pictured. ICK.) so I chose to redesign this cover with something I felt was a teensy bit better. Still not 100% the way I envisioned it in my head, but Photoshoppin’ ain’t easy! I wanted this book once full of love torn up! So there you see the general idea of what I would have liked this cover to be!


The Summer I Became A Nerd – Leah Rae Miller

Again, not EXACTLY how I wanted the “new” cover to come out, but I just didn’t like this girl’s legs in the background. Her shoes, her costume jewelry, weirdly shiny legs…? Just not working for the cover. That’s not even nerdy. Not a fan of the font either. My re-imagination isn’t exactly how I wanted this to turn out either, but you struggle with Photoshop for a few hours and you take what you can get haha! Anyway, I just wanted it to be a bit “nicer”… If I could have done it the way I wanted it to and not turned out crappy, I probably would have thrown something silly or cute on there like a pair of glasses or formulas or comic books. You know. I tried, but it wasn’t turning out the way I wanted it to, so I settled with summer, whimsical, and neat.

More Covers That Could Use a Facelift…


The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1) – Wendy Higgins
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – George R.R. Martin
Sisters In Sanity – Gayle Forman

  • I LOVED The Beginning of Everything and I totally understand WHY the roller coaster is on the cover… But I don’t think it’s a big enough part of the story to be on the cover. Technically, it involved a secondary character AND it wasn’t even a roller coaster like a Six Flags theme park — it was a ride at Disneyland. I don’t think it should be the main focus of the cover although I LOVE the image and the color.
  • I totally fangirled over Sweet Evil when I first read it but… it even stated in the book that Anna wasn’t a girl who wore dresses. So why is she in a prom dress on the cover? She never wore a dress the entire book. It’s a striking cover and gorgeous, but not applicable to the book at all except for the fact that the main characters are on there.
  • A Game of Thrones is a pretty freaking epic book and an epic start to an epic series. So why is the cover so dull? (The rest of the series follows suit…)
  • Gayle Forman’s first YA fiction novel Sisters In Sanity is a little lesser-known but I still really enjoyed it! But what’s up with the cover? I’m not quite sure what the flowers are for…?


Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike
Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) – Richelle Mead
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

  • Life After Theft was from a male POV… So why is Kimberlee on the cover instead of Jeff?
  • The cover of Before I Fall is kind of scary. You can’t see the rest of this girl’s body and it almost looks like…. it’s not attached to anything? She also looks really young and I actually thought this was an MG book for the longest time. I thought the main character was like, 12 and not in high school. Laying in the field also has nothing to do with the book…
  • I actually didn’t think the Vampire Academy series was TOO bad but for some reason I feel like the Bloodlines series got even more soap opera-looking. I also feel like this burgundy color is just really dark for a background.
  • Lola’s eyes seem REALLY big on the cover of Lola and The Boy Next Door haha. I also feel like aside from the two models on the cover, everything looks really Photoshoppy.

So sorry there are only two actual designs today! I wanted to give you an ACTUAL new cover design instead of just listing them though! The rest you just get listed line by line! I think a lot of these covers could have been designed a BIT more carefully and I wish I could seem the redesigned! I know Lola got a new cover recently but ehhhh. I’m still not a huge fan!