Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for ROMEO AND WHAT'S HER NAME

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Good morrow to thee, fairest Swoon Readers,

We art so very pleased to share the cover directions for Romeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff! Eileen S. and Becca S. (who's designing for Swoon for the very first time, woohoo!) have come up with four fantastic options for you to choose from.

Hither is a synopsis in case thou art in needeth of a reminder... eth.

"Understudies never get to perform... which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly 'Evening with Shakespeare' is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda aka the 'real' Juliet makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point since Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?"

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. (For more information about the difference between a cover direction and the final cover 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, March 22.

RAWHN BS Balcony USE THIS

Becca S.'s Balcony Cover

Emily spends the book hanging on for dear life while she continues making one hysterical blunder after another, so here's our Juliet (literally) hanging on for dear life.

RAWHN BS Doodles

Becca S.'s Doodles Cover

I usually work graphically, so this cover was a fun attempt to add photo elements into the mix! I love the fun girly vibe doodles bring in!

RAWHN ES Masks

Eileen S.'s Masks Cover

This cover was initially inspired by the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet—a masquerade ball. But wearing a mask is also about pretending to be someone else, which I thought was a nice nod to acting in a high school play. Our Romeo Wes is in the center, and has to choose between the two Juliets. Emily is in the understated green mask, while Amanda is crying out for attention in her flashy pink and orange.

RAWHN BS Shakespeare USE THIS

Becca S.'s Shakespeare Cover

For this cover I tried juxtaposing Shakespeare's idea of drama with the book's lighthearted teen drama. I'd like to think Shakespeare would be SO about the drama, even if Emily's interpretation is a little different. (Also LOVE using the girly doodles!)

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57 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for ROMEO AND WHAT'S HER NAME"

julie on March 21, 2016, 4:21 p.m. said:

julie


The doodle cover 100% works the best for the book!! It's also the one that would catch my eye in the book store!

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Gina Gidaro on March 20, 2016, 11:52 p.m. said:

Gina Gidaro


The mask cover is definitely my favorite. It captures the theme of the story really well, I think.

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alexis on March 20, 2016, 9:02 p.m. said:

alexis


DOODLES!!!

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kelly on March 19, 2016, 2:36 p.m. said:

kelly


Out of the four, the doodles one is the one that stands out the most!
I also love the title to this book and think it's a real draw, and the doodles cover really emphasizes it. Although the author's name is hard to read, don't know if it's the font or the size, but it kind of blends into the doodles.

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becca on March 19, 2016, 12:12 a.m. said:

becca


Definitely the doodles one with the girl!

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Ashley Stauber on March 18, 2016, 10:40 p.m. said:

Ashley Stauber


MASKS COVER!!

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Books And Tea Are All You Need on March 18, 2016, 8:51 a.m. said:

Books And Tea Are All You Need


I enlarged the Masks cover on iPhoto so I could check out the tagline... AND I LOVE THAT TAGLINE! "For never was a story of more woe, than crushing on a boy she doesn't know." Sonnet rhymes FTW!

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kelly on March 19, 2016, 2:36 p.m. said:

kelly


That is a great tagline!

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Lisa.Mandina on March 17, 2016, 7:28 p.m. said:

Lisa.Mandina


I like two of them really well, but I'm going to pick the Doodles cover as the best!

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tyler on March 17, 2016, 2:55 p.m. said:

tyler


They're all interesting concepts. Ultimately I choose the one with the girl.

I think the one with Shakespeare on it is really funny, and I really like the idea. Although I'm afraid people will think the book is a little more like a school assignment rather than something to read for pleasure. Having Shakespeare's hands over his eyes may help a bit. He's not exactly the best looking guy.

I think the girl with her hands over her eyes and the doodles is the best fit for the book. Love that you can really see the title. The girl may be wrong though. Didn't the book say she had brown hair that she was worried would frizz or something like that? Also it kind of looks like she was just cut out and pasted to the page. Is there a way to maybe make it look like it flows a little better?

For the balcony, I really like that we see Romeo, and it's a pretty cover. But it looks a little young.

On the opposite end, I think the masks (while also pretty) look a little too old for this book. And there were no masks in the book, there wasn't a masquerade ball, or a play, or even a Shakespeare scene with them. I get that the book has theater in it and masks are associated with that, but when I think about this book, I don't think of it solely as a drama book and with this cover I don't get the sense of the other elements.

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