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Judge a YA book by its cover

Without griping too much about saccharine YA covers (often featuring feet in grass/sand/fields or backlit hair), I would like to call attention to some really amazing YA books with equally unique covers. Judge a book by its cover, indeed.

Cover image for More Than This by Patrick Ness

Seth remembers drowning, but somehow he awakens in an abandoned, suburban neighborhood. Filled with questions about death, tragedy, and loneliness, More Than This is an engrossing contemplation of what lies beyond. Patrick Ness's writing is beyond beautiful.

(For a truly heart-wrenching and psychological portrayal of death, check out his book A Monster Calls)
No Crystal Stair by Yaunda Micheaux Nelson

This unique story is about the real-life Lewis Micheaux, book seller and proprietor of one of the great intellectual centers of Harlem.  Inter-cut with news clippings, photos and documents from the Civil Rights era, this "documentary novel" is a gripping read.
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Cover image for Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

One of the most realistic and delicately written modern teenage love stories ever told, Eleanor & Park switches back and forth between the perspectives of its two title-characters.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A ribald, hilarious story set in Pittsburgh and loosely organized around the fact that an acquaintance of the main character has been diagnosed with cancer.  Read this book if The Fault in Our Stars (also a great cover) left you teary and in need of an antidote; the character of Earl is one of the funniest and most irreverent voices in YA fiction.
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Cover image for The Diviners by Libba Bray

Good-time gal Evie O'Neill is thrust into the thick of a series of occult murders when she moves to New York City to stay with her uncle, a museum curator. Witty, quick on her feet, and brash, Evie navigates folklore, ghosts, New York, maniacs and young men in the year 1926.

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