Thanks to a recent post by Giraffe Days on Cover Trends in YA and Mission to Read’s TBR mini-challenge, I’ve decided to start a new feature for when I’m not feeling up to having an Unpopular Opinion. Basically, I will take the cover of a book I’ve never read (and preferably know nothing about) and judge the book purely on that.
First up I will be talking about Joshilyn Jackson’s A Grown-up Kind of Pretty because for Mission to Read’s TBR mini-challenge I need to do a cover review of a cover that is largely green.
Looks like it fits the bill.
Now the green and yellow in this cover makes me think spring time, so I’m guessing that the story either takes place in spring or (because the title is emphasizing “growing up”) that the protagonist is on the cusp between childhood and teenagehood or teenagehood and adulthood. Furthermore, the pattern of the dress reminds me of picnics and for some reason Texas, so I’m going to say that the protagonist is from Texas. She’s also white according to her arm.
The apple cut in half stuck in her belt is probably in hopes of dragging out the Twilight crowd, but I don’t get the feeling from the cover that this has anything to do with vampires, so it must have a love-triangle, which makes me think that the protagonist is probably more of the teenagehood on her way to adulthood side of things.
The blue in the background has a couple stripes, which almost look like a bench, so I’m going to say it’s a bench. Which means our around 17 year old protagonist is sitting on a bench, probably waiting for a bus. Maybe she wants to leave the small town she lives in? Maybe one of the boys in the love-triangle and the other is staying.
Now, let’s see what the book is ACTUALLY about with the summary from Goodreads:
“A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it’s there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey’s strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women’s shared past–and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.”
So…I was a teensy bit off the mark, but hey I managed to get the cusp of adult-hood thing! Oh, and according to some of the other reviews, it takes place in Alabama (or Mississippi?), which is basically Texas, right?
What about you? Would you pick up this book based on its cover?