When I first saw this book, I thought it was a summer kind of read. I've heard it's rather emotional. The cover doesn't make it appear that way at all!
Because of the cover I did think it was going to be a beachy read that I wouldn't be able to get into.
The cover of this book is entirely misleading.
Actually, I'm ashamed to say I think I DID judge this by it's cover. I've seen it around a bunch of times, wasn't really drawn in by the cover so just skipped over it. STUPID ME! This sounds like exactly my kind of read!
Cover and synopsis are pretty misleading. Don't judge this book based on the cover.
First off, this cover is weirdly my #1 favorite of 2011 so far!
The cover is so infuriatingly off. But honestly, I don't have a better idea....maybe a portrait of Albert Camus?
The current cover sucks. They should really let readers take votes on these things before they come out.
The synopsis is a little misleading. Sure there were girls and boys, love and lust, and a beach, but that wasn't what the book was about.
The cover and the reviews I've read of this book turned out to be 2 different things.
They really should change the cover. It doesn't fit the book whatsoever.
From all the reviews I've read, I just can't get over the fact that the cover kind of gives the wrong impression
Now I'm going to tell you that this whole blurb is totally inadequate and only the very last line really describes this book, in my opinion. Also, this is the worst cover ever for this book.
These are all quotes from reviews, positive and negative, and I could go on forever and ever. These are the ones I could find in five minutes.
All right, guys. I hear ya.
I did a post a while back where I responded to a lot of the "wow, your cover makes me want to go to the gym" comments I'd gotten, etc. (A quick summary of that post: you're hot, shut up, and that chick is photoshopped. I saw her when she had half the tits she has now.)
But this is kind of a different issue, yeah? Because this isn't really about what the cover looks like, but about what it says about the book.
It's a beautiful cover. I'll state that outright. It's a cover I'm proud to have on one of my books. It's doing its job and people are picking it up. I think the spine in particular is absolutely lovely. If you've seen IS in person, you'll know that the cover is made out of some kind of fantastic soft I don't even know that makes you want to put your head on it and go to sleep.
It's a beautiful cover.
But no, it's not the cover I would have chosen for this book.
So my 2012 book, Gone, Gone, Gone? It's a love story. It is so completely a love story. The WIP is a love story. I fucking love writing love stories.
Back in 2008, when I wrote IS, I did not know how to write a love story.
And I wasn't trying to.
This is a story about a family.
Some of the people up there ^ are responding to a little line at the end of the goodreads description that says "Not your typical beach read." That's not part of the real blurb. That's not on the back of the book.
That's something I went in and added myself a few weeks ago.
My publisher is amazing. Hands down. And they chose a cover and a blurb that would get people to pick it up. And I think it's working. I honestly could not be happier with how many people seem to be hearing about IS and picking it up. I saw a comment on an interview the other day where a girl said that the only reason IS was popular was because it had a chick in a bikini on it. Um guys. SHE SAID MY BOOK IS POPULAR.
This cover is doing its job. My publisher knows its shit, man. It's a beautiful cover, and I have so much support from the beautiful people in-house, and damn am I proud of my little book and INCREDIBLY thankful for the people who helped me make it and nourish it and get it out into the world. I really can't say that enough, and if you take one thing away from this post, let that be it.
But see, this cover is also pissing you guys off.
And that part sucks.
You all know this, but it's worth repeating: authors don't choose their covers. Authors don't write the blurb on the back of the book. And here's one you maybe don't hear as often: authors do not know what sells.
Yes, the love triangle aspect of IS's plot has been heavily pushed. It has been since the second my then-agent read it. The two brothers sleeping with the same girl? Of course it's weird. It's the hook because it's weird. It's not a hook I'd thought of. It wasn't a major part of the story, as far as I was concerned.
Once the book sold, I amped that up and made it a larger part of the plot. I made Noah have a real relationship with Melinda. I added more fights and conversations. These things absolutely strengthened the book as a whole.
It's not as if my book was ruined by this marketing, is what I'm trying to say.
The only part of that book I can control is what happens inside of it. And the truth is, the parts of that that I think are important would make really shitty book covers. Like the girl up there said, how do you design a book cover for a book about brothers and sign language and sex and Camus?
It's not easy.
But please. That don't judge a book by its cover thing? You have to understand something.
When you don't pick up a book because of its cover, you are not punishing the design team.
When you say, I would have picked up this book, but I hate the cover, so I won't, you are not punishing the design team.
When you refuse to read a review or take a second look at a book because of its cover, you are not punishing the design team.
You are punishing the author.
There are SO MANY reasons not to pick up my book. If that's the road you want to take, pick a good reason! Make it something that I did wrong. Make it about the ugly paragraph on page whatever or the fact that you hate books about big families or that you hate philosophy or that I peed on your front lawn or I said something mean to you on twitter or you don't like my nose. Make it something about ME. About something I did. Okay, maybe not the nose thing, then.
But guys. It's a book about a family. I will tell you a zillion times if I have to. It is a book about a boy and his family. It is a book about a boy and the siblings he is co-dependently creepy close to. There is sex in. There is more sign language than there is sex. This is not a book about a girl.
Not to mention, and here's the zinger:
I have made an executive decision.
If we're going by screen(page?)-time and character importance alone, that's Chase's goddamn sister (the only character in the book ever described as wearing, and I quote, "that green bikini," just sayin') on the cover and NOT the girl Chase and Noah are sleeping with.
And Claudia, the little sister, is the hero of the story. I will say that a million times too. Claudia is the hero of the story.
And in my mind, that's Claudia on the cover. That's my girl.
She deserves a cover.
And believing that makes me like my cover a hell of a lot more. Because it makes it darker and stranger and a fuckload more awkward and dirty sexy and God don't you want to put a towel on her and cover her up now? GOOD. Then read my book because you will like it. Seriously. Read this book if you want to cover up your little sister.
My point is: it's Claudia on the cover. That's my official statement. It's Claudia on the cover. And any time discussion of this cover ever comes up again, that's what I'm going to say.
And if you want to do me a favor, you will a. buy the book because bitch has to eat and b. TELL PEOPLE. You don't have to defend the cover. You don't have to like it. You don't have to offer a big explanation. But if you see a review dissing it, just leave a comment that says, "Hey, actually that's the sister on the cover."
And then walk away.
And that won't change the way a lot of people feel. But maybe, maybe it'll make a few say guhwhatthefuck? And that's why I write, really. It's especially why I write messed up shit like IS.
So. The chick on the cover. It's Claudia. And it is a beautiful cover beacause Claudia is goddamn beautiful.
It's not Melinda. It's not the girl they're sleeping with.
And really, this is all kind of appropriate, because it's Melinda's job to screw up everything.
So that's really all I have to say, so I'm going to leave you with a few things.
The first is Invincible Summer's trailer. Yeah, I just posted this. Have it again. And here's why.
1. I worked closely with Vania in developing this. I chose the images at the beginning. I also told her I wanted making out. Because making out sells, guys. That's the moral of this story. And maybe that sucks a little.
The more important reason is:
2. The voiceover? I wrote that. Just me. No input. Vania said do whatever you want, make it in Chase's voice. And I wrote that. It isn't an excerpt from the story.
And maybe it's a response to that girl, that girl that everyone assumes--and I'm not saying it's dumb to assume this, guys, it's only natural--is the girl on my cover, and therefore the girl everyone thinks is the focus of the story.
Maybe that's what the voice over is about. Maybe I'm talking about the girl who ruined it.
I don't know.
And I'll also give you links to two reviews, one positive and one negative, from two people who I think really captured what the book is about, whether or not they liked it.
I would absolutely love comments on this post, and I would also love if you would tweet the shit out of this or get it tattooed on you or otherwise let this be known to the entirety of the world. Make a song out of this post and then sing it. Put it on youtube. Add a bugle. Self-publish a book with only the words IT'S CLAUDIA ON THE COVER repeated over and over and over.
Whatever you do, be it tattoo or nothing, thank you for reading. This is all for you guys, you know?