25 Favourite Young Adult Book Covers of 2022

Today’s post is sponsored by Anika Hussain and This Is How You Fall In Love!

Title This Is How You Fall In Love
Author Anika Hussain
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date February 9th 2023 by Hot Key Books
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Zara and Adnan are just friends. Always have been, always will be. Even if they have to pretend to be girlfriend and boyfriend…

Zara loves love in all forms: 90s romcoms and romance novels and grand sweeping gestures. And she’s desperate to have her own great love story. Crucially, a real one. So when her best friend Adnan begs her to pretend to date him to cover up his new top-secret relationship, Zara is hesitant. This isn’t the kind of thing she had in mind. But there’s something in it for Zara too: making her parents, who love Adnan, happy might just stop them arguing for a while. She may not be getting her own love story, but she could save theirs.

So Zara agrees and the act begins: after all, how different can pretending to be in a relationship with your best friend be to just hanging around with them like usual? Turns out, a lot. With fake dating comes fake hand-holding and fake kissing and real feelings…And when a new boy turns up in Zara’s life, things get more confusing than ever.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but Zara’s love story is messier than most…

A hilarious and heartfelt romcom, told with a light touch, perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry and Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating.

Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.

Book cover design can play an important role in a book’s success or failure. While certainly not the only contributing factor, for the casual reader perusing the shelves of their local library or bookstore, a book’s cover offers one of the earliest introductions to the story contained within its pages and can help differentiate it from the thousands of other titles surrounding it. Book cover design is one of my passions, and given that I spend much of the year celebrating it in its many shapes, forms and iterations in my regular feature, Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I thought it might be fun to compose a list of what I thought were some of the most effective, eye-catching and beautiful examples of book cover design for in 2022. You can find Pop! Goes The Reader’s Favourite Book Covers Of 2019 Here, 2020 Here, and 2021 Here.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to provide credit for the cover designers, illustrators, artists and photographers responsible for the work below whenever possible, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited individual responsible for any of these book covers below or if I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.

Important: I unequivocally support the HarperCollins Union, who have been on strike since 11/10/22 in order to fight for a much-deserved fair contract for their workers. That said, this post does include HarperCollins covers so as to acknowledge and honour the work of the designers and artists who created them. The HarperCollins Union has explicitly asked that HarperCollins titles not be boycotted, which you can see here. To see a complete list of how you can best support the HarperCollins Union, please click here.

The covers below are listed in no particular order.

01. Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester
Cover art by Loika (Yan Qin Weng)

02. Places We’ve Never Been by Kasie West
Cover art by Ana Hard

03. Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters
Cover design by Samira Iravani, Cover art by Daniel Clarke

04. If You Could See The Sun by Ann Liang
Cover design by Gigi Lau, Cover art by Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor

05. A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy by Jeff Bishop
Cover design by Theresa Evangelista, Cover art by German Gonzalez

06. Boys I Know by Anna Gracia
Cover design by Kelley Brady, Cover art by Fevik

07. A Magic Steeped In Poison by Judy I. Lin
Cover design by Rich Deas, Cover art by Sija Hong

08. When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Mar Bertran

09. Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle
Cover design by Krista Vossen, Cover art by Noa Denmon

10. Aces Wild: A Heist by Amanda DeWitt
Cover design by Adela Pons, Cover art by Víctor Bregante

11. Lark & Kasim Start A Revolution by Kacen Callender
Cover design by Jade Rector, Cover art by Sabrena Khadija

12. Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad
Cover design by Marci Senders, Cover art by Chaaya Prabhat

13. Café Con Lychee by Emery Lee
Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons, Cover art by Nero Hamaoui

14. A Little Bit Country by Brian D. Kennedy
Cover design by Chris Kwon, Cover art by Betsy Cola

15. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, Cover art by Nicole Medina

16. You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen
Cover design by Gigi Lau, Cover art by Alex Cabal

17. And We Rise by Erica Martin
Cover design by Theresa Evangelista, Cover art by Adriana Bellet

18. Gideon Green In Black and White by Katie Henry
Cover design by David Curtis, Cover photo by Shutterstock & Getty Images

19. The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim
Cover design by Alison Impey, Cover art by Tran Nguyen, Lettering by Alix Northrup

20. An Arrow To The Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Art Direction by Sasha Illingworth, Cover design by David Curtis, Cover art by David Curtis

21. Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Jack Hughes

22. We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Cover design by Beth Clark and Sarah Kaufman, Cover art by Laylie Frazier

23. A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo
Cover design by Anna Booth, Cover art by Feifei Ruan

24. The Truth About White Lies by Olivia A. Cole
Cover design by Karina Granda, Cover art by Mojo Wang

25. Go Hunt Me by Kelly deVos
Cover design by Kristie Radwilowicz and Theresa Evangelista

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Hi! I’m Jen! I’m a thirty-something introvert who loves nothing more than the cozy comfort of home and snuggling my two rescue cats, Pepper and Pancakes. I also enjoy running, jigsaw puzzles, baking and everything Disney. Few things bring me more joy than helping a reader find the right book for them!