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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

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We'll tell you what's up: We're thrilled to share with you the three cover options for Maggie Ann Martin's recently named The Struggle Is Real! ICYMI, here's the lowdown on this book: 

"Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her big sister—and best friend—goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she'll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn't count on is that her mother's obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss showand now Savvy's mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats. 

Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears." 

Swoon designer Carol L. has dreamed up three fun, flirty cover directions for you to choose from and shared some thoughts about her 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, September 19.



Curvy Cover

The struggle is 1000% real for any curvy girl, and Savannah is no exception. Featuring a photo of a plus-size teen makes a bold statement, and I wanted an option that doesn't shy away from showing underrepresented beauty.

For final: I used a low-res photo to get across the vibe I want, but if this option is chosen, we would have a photoshoot and cast a model that feels perfect.



Swings Cover

By illustrating the characters, I wanted to subtly hint at their story through the contrast in their body types. Plus, there may or may not be a lovely scene that takes place on the swings...

For final: I would like to play with some different color combinations, and I would also tweak my illustration once I check some more anatomy references.



Doodles Cover

Another photographic option, but much more cute and light. She would have more of an exasperated look to show off the "struggle" and to contrast with the sweetness of the type and background.

For final: We would have a photoshoot to get just the right expression and model. I could also play with the background pattern to include more of the problems that Savannah faces in the story.

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