Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 142: Contemporary (Part 35)

Today’s post is sponsored by Tara Pammi and When Tara Met Farah!

Title When Tara Met Farah
Author Tara Pammi
Intended Target Audience Adult
Publication Date January 26th 2021
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Sunshine Girl needs math lessons…

Nineteen-year-old Tara Muvvala didn’t mean to lead a double life.
But her bone-deep aversion to math + A soul-deep desire to please her mother = Her failing math grade + Exploding food vlog ‘this masala life’. Enter her mother’s research intern and resident math genius Farah Ahmed. Tara makes a deal with Farah – help her pass the math course and she’ll welcome Farah into the local Bollywood Drama & Dance Society.

Grumpy girl gets life lessons…

After losing her mom to a heart attack, dumping her small-minded boyfriend (she’s bisexual, not confused) and reluctantly moving to the US to be near her dad – all in the span of eighteen months, twenty-three-year-old Farah has hit the full quota on LIFE. Two things keep her going – her internship with a brilliant statistics professor and the possibility of meeting her dancing idol through the Bollywood Drama & Dance Society. That is, if her new hot-mess housemate will let her.

Soon Tara and Farah are bonding over chicken biryani, dancing to Bollywood Beats at midnight and kissing…against all the odds. And maybe beginning to realize that while life’s even more complicated than math, love is the one variable that changes everything!

Will they realize that together they have the recipe for a Happily Ever After?

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.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer responsible for any of these book covers, 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.


01. Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve
(Cover design: Hana Nakamura ● Cover art: Susan Haejin Lee)

02. Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
(Cover design: Erin Fitzsimmons ● Cover art: Mariana Ramírez)


03. Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent

04. The (Un)Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez
(Cover design: David DeWitt ● Cover art: Max Wittert)


05. The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L. Walther
(Cover design: Nicole Hower ● Cover art: Monique Aimee)

06. Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
(Cover design: Jessie Gang ● Cover art: Sarah Long)


07. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
(Cover design: Kerri Resnick ● Cover art: Monique Aimee)

08. May The Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor
(Cover art: J. Yang)


09. Cool For The Summer by Dahlia Adler
(Cover design: Kerri Resnick ● Cover art: Clarie Allison)

10. Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
(Cover art: Monet Alyssa)


11. Kiss and Repeat by Heather Truett

12. Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
(Cover art: Karl James Mountford)


13. The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

14. The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver


15. Better Together by Christine Riccio
(Cover design: Kerri Resnick ● Cover art: Ana Hard)

16. Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky
(Cover design: Cassie Gonzales)


Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Contemporary covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

One Response

  1. Thank you for featuring COOL FOR THE SUMMER! It’s honestly been a dream forever to have a Kerri Resnick cover <3 Some of my absolute faves here are LAST CHANCE BOOKS and THE (UN)POPULAR VOTE, but in general I just feel like cover designers are crushing it. Every time I think "How many ways can you possibly do an illustrated cover?" another one shows up that completely surprises me and makes me adore it. I love Rachel Lynn Solomon's new one – that particular shade of lavender just grabs me every single time.

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