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Judging a Cover by Its Book: Choose the Cover Direction for THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND YOU AND ME

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We'll tell you what's up: We're thrilled to share with you the three cover options for The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh! ICYMI, here's the lowdown on this book: 

Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she's been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls' restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.

Swoon designer Liz D. has dreamed up three fun, flirty cover directions for you to choose from and shared some thoughts about her 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 Wednesday, April 11.



Enamel and Emoji Cover

Peaches and eggplants and grapefruits, oh my! How do you make sex ed look fun and cute? With enamel pins and emoji, of course! Had you ever seen an adorable maxi pad? You have now. Using all the little pins as a pattern let's the awesome title stand out, too.

For final: We'd hire an artist to render all of the icons so that they're in a unified style and tie in perfectly to the story.



Lacy Lacey Cover

We wanted an options that showcases Lacey's attitude and the fun lightheartedness of the story—and that awesome title again. I love this color palette and the curls around the type and how this cover uses a photo while being strong and iconic.

For final: The whole thing would be finessed to integrate the girl better and the type swashes would be customized to fit the white space perfectly.



Dots Cover

The beginning of the idea for this cover was using colored condoms to make a beautiful, abstract pattern. I then added another layer of abstraction by changing the condoms to watercolor dots, which gave me this simple, beautiful grid.

For final: All of the dots would be unique and the type would be actually integrated in the painting process.

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