Basically all I did in junior high was text, straighten my hair, add to my Benedict Cumberbatch shrine, and worry about how to be more popular. Thinking about it makes me cringe. I want to be different in high school. Like a new person. And I want to make out with someone. It's so humiliating that I'm a kissing virgin at this advanced age. The longer I go un-smooched, the more freakish I feel. If I graduate high school without being kissed, I'll be too embarrassed to kiss anyone during college, and then I'll most likely die without ever even getting to second base. Something has to change fast. This I vow: I will kiss a guy before New Year's Eve. (Or maybe it'll happen ON New Year's Eve?) OK, this I vow: I will kiss a guy before New Year's Day. Vow TAKEN. Fourteen-year-old Chloe Snow is about to start ninth grade when her brilliant, beautiful, artistic mum announces she can't create great art in suburban Massachusetts, and goes to Mexico to work on her novel. Bewildered at being left behind with only her (socially awkward) dad as company, Chloe throws herself into a series of new pursuits, including auditioning for the school a cappella group, making new friends, and landing the lead in the school musical. In the course of these adventures, she attracts the attention of Mac Brody, the cuter half of THE Senior Couple, and Bernadette Sanz, the school's Meanest Senior Girl. And then things begin to go pretty seriously wrong. Can Chloe recover from a gigantic mess of her own creation? And will her mum's Eat, Pray, Love-fest EVER end?
Cover Wars: UK vs US by Emma Chastain
Spoiler alert: I love them both the same.
My debut novel, Chloe Snow’s Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster, is told in diary form, with one entry for each day in a year of Chloe Snow’s life. The U.S. cover of my book looks like an actual journal. You can get the idea by looking at a jpeg, but it’s even more delightful in person: the pink closure feels like a real elastic, the yellow belly band is smooth, and the teal cover is intentionally worn in spots, as a real journal would be. The whole package makes you want to pick up Chloe’s diary and start snooping immediately.
The U.K. cover is a happy burst of yellow and pink featuring a witty graph. Along the y-axis are Chloe’s moods, represented by doodled emoji; along the x-axis are various disasters, ranging from Mac Brody (American football bro), to theatre stuff (Chloe’s a major musical theatre nerd), to eyeliner fails (no explanation needed). When I first saw this cover, I thought, “Whoever designed this has seen into my very soul and understood exactly what I was trying to do in my book.” I still feel that way (thank you, Jack Noel!).
What do you think—which cover do you like best?
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This book is hilarious and just reminds me of me when I was that age - you can check out my review here!
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