Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE BIG F!

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We are so pumped for you to finally see the three amazing cover options for The Big F! A girl must figure out her own path when her college acceptance is revoked due to a failing grade in Maggie Ann Martin's fun and feisty contemporary. In case you need a reminder, here's the synopsis:

"Danielle's plans for the future were easy to figure out... until she fails senior English and her single college application is denied. Suddenly she's in hot water with few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a "college psychic"?

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her local community college with a plan: pass English and get back into Ohio State—and her mother's good graces. Romance isn't on her radar... until she reconnects with her childhood crush, Luke. With family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

Failure's not an option this time."

Swoon designers Rich D., KB and Danielle M. have put together three fabulous cover directions for you to choose from, and have shared some thoughts about their inspiration behind each one. Remember, the below images aren't necessarily final. These are just directions, so there will probably be some tweaks made before the book hits the shelves. (Want to see how a cover goes from concept to final? Click here.)

To view enlarged images, right click the image to view it in a new tab. Cover voting will close at noon EST on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

RD TBF Red F

Rich D.'s Red F Cover

This giant hand drawn F is a bold, graphic concept that would be visually striking in final form and complements a great title. If chosen, the artwork would be customized to portray more relevant details of Danielle's story and the playful doodles would frame and balance the more harsh quality of the F.

   

RD KB TBF Chalkboard

Rich D. and KB's Chalkboard Cover

In this direction, we have Danielle standing in front of a chalkboard (which represents her school troubles), trying to figure out just how the heck she's going to get her life back together. And we liked the bold yellow color from Maggie's original cover, so we pulled it into the title.

   

DM TBF Facepalm

Danielle M.'s Facepalm Cover

I'm a believer in less is more. The title and headline were screaming to be front and center. Coupled with an honest portrait of the girl in crisis, this direction is neatly wrapping all that sardonic angst inside. The simplicity is deafening!

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23 comments on "Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE BIG F!"

Raghad Mahmoud on Oct. 8, 2016, 1:13 a.m. said:

Raghad Mahmoud


I like the second cover the most.

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♠♣♦Alice♣♦♠ on Sept. 23, 2016, 8:07 p.m. said:

♠♣♦Alice♣♦♠


I really liked the 1st one, the big red F cover. It was the most eye-catching of all, plus I think it makes the best connection with the story because after all it all started because she got that F.

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K.R. Smith on Sept. 23, 2016, 5:41 p.m. said:

K.R. Smith


I love the big red F cover. Just make the author's name more noticeable.

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McKenzie Song on Sept. 22, 2016, 7:17 p.m. said:

McKenzie Song


The only cover that caught my eye the most (and first) was the Red F Cover. Definitely my pick.

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Zen Larsson on Sept. 21, 2016, 3:44 p.m. said:

Zen Larsson


I vote for the Red F cover! That's the cover of a book I would want to pick up at a bookstore and find out more

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MB on Sept. 21, 2016, 5:55 a.m. said:

MB


Unfortunately, none of the covers are all that pretty or outstanding. However, if I had to choose one it would have to be the Chalkboard cover. I do agree it is a little busy and I think 'The Big' could be made larger. As someone else said, it does feel reminiscent of How To Say I Love You Out Loud's cover, especially as it was published by Swoonreads as well. Also, for some reason, I don't think the girl suits the cover very well. There's something about her, or maybe her outfit or hair, that doesn't seem very YA.

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Wendy Venture on Sept. 21, 2016, 5:13 a.m. said:

Wendy Venture


Great book, I read it and loved it. I like Chalkboard cover and in second place, the Facepalm cover.

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Kai.Wong on Sept. 21, 2016, 12:28 a.m. said:

Kai.Wong


The chalkboard cover.

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Paula Phillips on Sept. 20, 2016, 9:35 p.m. said:

Paula Phillips


I love the Rich D. and KB's Chalkboard Cover :)

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KiaReads on Sept. 20, 2016, 9:22 p.m. said:

KiaReads


Rich D.'s Red F cover for sure.

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