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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for HOW TO BREATHE UNDERWATER

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What's up, Swooners?

We'll tell you what's up: We're thrilled to share with you the four cover options for Vicky Skinner's recently renamed How to Breathe Underwater! In case you missed it, here's the lowdown on this book: 

"Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she's been a part of her whole life.

Now in a new home, new school, and faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn't so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There's only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?" 

Swoon designers Danielle M., Rich D., and Becca S. have dreamed up four fun, flirty cover directions for you to choose from and shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Tuesday, August 15.


Dive cover

Dive Cover

A lot of the book is focused on the two main characters deciding whether or not to stay in their comfort zones or dive into life headfirst. This cover focuses on that decision while reflecting the title. 


HTBU Top Down cover

Top Down Cover

Since so much of Kate's life is spent under the water, we decided to really show what her view is like with this cover. 


HTBU Pool Date cover

Pool Date Cover

One of the things that bring the two main character's together is their pool dates, where Kate is teaching Michael how to swim. This cover reflects the tension of the moment right before you jump into a pool for the first time.


Hangout Cover

Hangout Cover

We love the moments that Kate and Michael spend just being with each other. Their relationship is really the heart of the book, which is what we wanted to get across in this cover.

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