Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 152: Young Adult Contemporary (Part 38)

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.

I don’t think I can adequately express how thrilled I am that illustrated covers have continued in prevalence and popularity in 2022! I find the variety of artistic styles exciting and inspiring and I love to see how each artist interprets and expresses the plot and themes of the novel on the book’s cover on their own unique way. I also love that we’re beginning to see the use of mixed media in the form of photography and illustration, as in the case of Beauty and The Besharam by Lillie Vale and How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra as seen below.

Please Note: As always, I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the stunning covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer and/or artist 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. Anne of Greenville by Mariko Tamaki

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

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

04. Beauty and The Besharam by Lillie Vale
Cover design by Kaitlin Yang

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

06. How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra
Cover design by Aurora Parlagreco, Cover art by Lera Efremova, Photo by Seerat Saini

07. I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn
Cover design by Danielle Ceccolini, Cover art by Mozza

08. A Girl’s Guide To Love & Magic by Debbie Rigaud
Cover design by Yaffa Jaskoll, Cover art by Erick Davila

09. Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Debs Lim

10. Love & Other Great Expectations by Becky Dean
Cover design by Ray Shappell, Cover art by Libby VanderPloeg

11. Long Story Short by Serena Kaylor
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Katie Smith

12. Fifteen Hundred Miles From The Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Cover art by Jay Bendt

13. Always The Almost by Edward Underhill
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Myriam Strasbourg

14. When You Wish Upon A Lantern by Gloria Chao
Cover design by Kaitlin Yang, Cover art by Kat Tsai

15. Briarcliff Prep by Brianna Peppins
Cover design by Zareen Johnson, Cover art by Kingsley Nebechi

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

17. Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Beatriz

18. Only On The Weekends by Dean Atta
Cover design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell, Cover art by Adriana Bellet

19. Begin Again by Emma Lord
Cover design by Kerri Resnick, Cover art by Vi-An Nguyen

20. Other Side Of The Tracks by Charity Alyse
Cover art by Alexis Franklin

21. Don’t Call Me A Hurricane by Ellen Hagan
Cover design by Jeanette Levy, Cover art by Dani Pendergast

22. House of Yesterday by Deeba Zargarpur
Cover design by Trisha Previte, Cover art by Melina Ghadimi

23. We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Cover art by Laylie Frazier

24. The Roof Over Our Heads by Nicole Kronzer
Cover design by Deena Fleming, Cover art by Andrew Hudson

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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!