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And the winning cover for THE STRUGGLE IS REAL is...

Hello Everyone!

This past week has been incredible watching the cover voting for The Struggle Is Real unfold. With your help, we were able to make this the most voted on cover ever in Swoon Reads history, and if that doesn’t say something about how passionate people are about seeing plus-sized representation in YA, I don’t know what else does.

Quite honestly, I would have been proud to have my name on any of the covers that Carol designed (which is why I’m so grateful that the Swoon Reads community got to help me choose!)

So, without further ado…

The moment that you’ve all been waiting for…

The winning cover of The Struggle Is Real is…

The Curvy Cover!


I absolutely love the confidence that the model on this cover option exudes and I feel like if I saw her on a shelf, I would 1000% have to learn more about her. Savannah is funny, smart, and strong, and I feel like this cover perfectly encapsulates her.

And don’t worry, I’ve read all of the comments both on Swoon Reads and off—I want to make this cover perfect. I’ll be working closely with the Swoon Reads design team to make sure we find the best model to represent Savannah and her journey.

Thank you, everyone, for being interested in my story and for shouting from the rooftops how excited you were to see this beautiful model front and center on a YA cover.

If you’re just as excited as I am to see this beautiful cover on shelves, be sure to add it on Goodreads so you can stay up to date when giveaways are happening! 

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