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!

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