The cover model is gorgeous and I love the dual photo. I also like the classy, understated font and clean lines–no clutter.
Now, a little insider information…
The Atheneum team asked my opinion on which model to use for the cover (they were choosing from two). I chose this model because in addition to being beautiful, I felt she struck the right combination of vulnerability and strength.
Although they didn’t have to consult me on the cover, they did! I requested something simple, such as a close-up of her face looking angry, because anger is a prominent theme in CB. I also suggested her sitting in a corner, or one with her hands gripping a chain-link fence to signify the feeling of being trapped. I think this cover conveys that feeling much more subtly and without feeling cliché.
Atheneum then came back to me with these initial proofs (using the old working title):
My first concern with the one on the right was that we weren’t utilizing her expressive face. I also felt that the largesse font obscured the scissors part of the photo so that it’s hard to tell if she’s cutting her own hair or if it’s getting cut by someone else. (The latter is true.)
On a psychological level, I felt the left one had several benefits, namely the uniqueness of the double image, which I haven’t seen done on many other covers. And, in addition to being cool and fresh, it’s revealing of Taylor’s character, where denial is a big theme.