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Have you ever looked at a book's cover and thought, This is going to be horrible? But was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.Raging Quiet is one of the most horrible juvenile covers I've ever seen. The hideous piece of art is hiding one of my favorite books that I read last year. It's a sweet and thoughtful story that I recommend to everyone. Here is my Raging Quiet Review.
There are also books that occasionally have an acceptable cover and then also a bad cover. Take Dairy Queen for example (a lovely series, highly recommended)
The first version of Dairy Queen (thank goodness not the one at my library) is horrible. She's wearing a cow print tanktop and grinning at nothing. The picture tells you nothing about the book. The second cover is cute, cheeky and befitting the story. DJ is a tomboy farm girl who worries that she's just going through the motions of life, kind of like a cow. That's where the cow with the crown comes into the picture.
Another book that I would've never read based on cover alone is Anna Dressed in Blood. Nothing is wrong with the cover, I just don't really read horror books. But my friends recommended it and I trust their taste. Speaking of poor graphic design choices (cough the above covers) the text in this novel is a reddish brown (like blood). Seriously almost put the book back down because the color hurt my eyes. If I'd been buying (not getting from the library) I would've never read it. My review of Anna Dressed in Blood
There are actually A LOT of covers that I hate but turns out I haven't read most of those books. I just can't do it. I'm also a bit of a font snob and I occasionally stumble across covers using comic sans or papyrus and cringe. Right now my pet peeve is the "Girls in Pretty Dresses" covers and I'm intentionally avoiding buying those. In YA there's too much of a tendency to repeat the same type of covers over and over without really making intelligent graphic design choices. I'm pretty fed up with the recycled covers and am drawn to unique designs.